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Parras de la Fuente
—  Municipal seat  —
Parras de la Fuente is located in Mexico
Parras de la Fuente
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 25°26′25″N 102°10′45″W / 25.44028°N 102.17917°W / 25.44028; -102.17917Coordinates: 25°26′25″N 102°10′45″W / 25.44028°N 102.17917°W / 25.44028; -102.17917
Country  Mexico
State Coahuila
Municipality Parras
Founded February 18, 1598
Elevation 1,500 m (4,921 ft)
Population (2005)
 - Total 44,715
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Parras de la Fuente (English: Grapevines of the Fountain) is a city located in the southern part of the Mexican state of Coahuila. At the census of 2005, the population was 44,715. There are a large number of factories that produce denim, including a Dickies factory, and Parras is also a wine-making place. The city serves as the municipal seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name, which has an area of 9,271.7 km2 (3,579.8 sq mi).

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History

The former Hacienda del Rosario is the place were Parras de la Fuente was founded in 1598. There, the revolutionary and President of Mexico Francisco I. Madero was born in 1873.

In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, Parras was held by U.S. troops. Also, French forces were defeated there in 1866 during the French intervention in Mexico.

Tourist centers

Parras is called "The oasis" of the semidesert of Coahuila. One of the historic attractions of Parras is the Municipality Presidence, which is a replica of the State's Government Palace in Saltillo.

One of the main touristic attractions is the Hostal el Farol, the former house of General Raul Madero, and now a beautiful place to stay and eat.

The oldest winery in the Americas is in Parras de la Fuente and was founded by Lorenzo García in the 16th century.

For rest and recreation, Parras has bathing resorts; these bathing places were used to generate electric power for industry usage.

Among its man-made attractions are Santo Madero Church, which is located on an extinct volcano plug just north of the town, and San Ignacio de Loyola Church, which was built in the 17th century.

Parras was named a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2004.

Sister city

Academic programs

References

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