Casa de la Marquesa is located in Santiago de Queretaro, one of Mexico’s most prosperous modern cities. Founded in 1531, Queretaro was formerly the capital of the Mexican Republic and retains much of its colonial splendor including buildings like Casa de la Marquesa (House of the Marquis). In 1996, Casa de la Marquesa, along with the historic center of Queretaro, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as being of outstanding value to humanity. Commissioned by the Spanish Marquis Don Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana as a gift to his consort, Casa de la Marquesa was completed in 1756. Stories and legends abound but historians agree, Casa de la Marquesa has been an important actor in local and national history, having been host to many important figures including the Emperor of Mexico Maximilian of Hapsburg and Emperor Don Agustin de Iturbide. Today, Casa de la Marquesa is an exquisitely appointed 13 suite boutique hotel within just a few steps of Queretaro’s most notable historic attractions, gardens and museums. Re-known for its beauty, the palace is a superb example of Mexican Baroque architecture replete with stunning details: hand-forged iron lattices, carved Cantera stonework, Moorish filigrees, and painstakingly restored Morrocan murals all complemented with exquisite period furnishings to immediately transport visitors to the age of colonial grandeur.