Veracruz is one of the oldest cities in Mexico but it has only a few significant buildings in the colonial style
The city hall from the early 17th century, with an interesting façade and a romantic patio, is well worth seeing. There is also the parish church (La Parroquia, consecrated in 1734), now know as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Nuestra Señora de la Asunción). Both city hall and church are located on the Plaza de Armas, also known as the Plaza de la Constitución. This beautiful plaza is framed by palm trees, tropical plants, flowers and arcades. It is the centre of the city where people meet in the evening, have a bite to eat and listen to the sounds of Marimba music or the Jarocho players. MuseumsThe City Museum(Museo de la Ciudad, Calle Zaragoza 397) displays archaeological finds and artefacts from the regional Indian cultures (Olmec, Totonac and Huastec). The museum also shows paintings, arts and crafts, as well as documentary photographs from the history of Veracruz. The revolutionary General Venustiano Carranza conducted his political activities from the Faro Carranza lighthousein 1914/15. The Museo de la Revolución, which has been established in the lighthouse in Avenida Insurgentes to commemorate this time, shows furniture and documents from the life of the revolutionary and hero. The Baluarte de Santiago Baluarte de Santiago between Avenida 16 de Septiembre and Calle Gómez Farías is the only remaining building belonging to the city’s wall from the 18th century. It now houses the small historic museum with the famous “Jewels of the Fisherman”, 35 pre-Columbian pieces of jewellery found by a fisherman in 1976. Some still wonder whether the jewels are part of the treasure of Montezuma.Harbour A visit to the harbour to observe the business there and a stroll along the Malecón (waterfront) are recommended. There is a parade every morning in front of the Faro Carranza lighthouse. One-hour harbour tours start at the Malecón de Paseo.