Reconstructed Parque Central Fountain © Hector Garcia
For centuries the park served as a focal point for the colonial city, bustling with activity, the gathering place for public floggings, parades and bullfights. Today it is a shady, peaceful place during the week, lined with villagers selling their handicrafts, but it comes alive every Sunday for the busy market day. It is surrounded by imposing structures, including the Cathedral, whose façade is all that remains of the original structure after numerous earthquakes. The Palace of the Captains General and the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) face each other across the square.