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Active, dynamic and prosperous, the so-called world capital of shoes was founded in 1576 under the name Villa de León (honoring the place of origin of the then Viceroy Martín Enríquez de Almanza). Officially called León de los Aldama (since 1830, when it was granted the rank of city), it is a strategic point in the country for its centric location as well as for its intense economic activity (more than 50% of all Mexico). Eclectic in character, its architecture is a mixture of styles (novo-Hispanic baroque, neoclassic and porfiriano) with contemporary accents in more modern areas. Despite its ongoing industrial growth, it maintains its kind …

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