DURANGO: About Plazuela Baca Ortiz or Plaza de la Inquisición


The history of the walk of Las Alamedas was born in the late eighteenth century in the colonial era and arises from the need to have a place of relaxation.

The historian and chronicler of the city, Javier Guerrero says that there is a history in 1790 that the first plantation of Alamos is made to make a public park next to the river that crossed the city.


Although the version of the ancient historians Everardo Gamíz and Manuel Lozoya indicates that the plantation of the poplars took place in 1824 by orders of the first governor of the independent time, Santiago Baca Ortiz.

The historian indicated that at the end of 1700, the Plazuela Baca Ortiz was known as the Plaza del Terror since the public torture of the Santa Inquisición were made there.


Although there is no history of executions, he indicated that in 1792 a burner was built, which means that he had been condemned to death.

Making a collection among notable characters of the Nueva Vizcaya and Zacatecas, to raise funds and build in the aforementioned burner and gallows, which disappeared forever.


According to the late Durango chronicler Manuel Lozoya, “at the point established south of the Historic Center, precisely between Juarez and Madero streets, and more precisely where Victoria ends, in those yesterdays there was a burner and a gallows, where those sentenced with that horrible death were burned or hanged by the Inquisition tribunal. “

He publicly sanctioned moored people and people could throw things at him and gained the reputation of being known as the plazuela of the executed.


Their legends are linked to past of black drivers, the passing of a woman who cries for their dead children and hundreds of anecdotes told by the locals, as they claimed to listen at certain hours of the night, complaining laments and plaintive cries that twitched the nerves of the most serene people, and more than one person, he claims to have seen ghosts and shadows of apparitions, all attributed to the grieving souls of the unfortunates who lost their lives by hanging or were burned alive.

The same that detached for a time the attention of the curious and corroborate if they found any vestige or proof of victims of the Holy Inquisition during the works of remodeling of the square in 2007.

History and fantasies have revived this traditional place that during the last years of the twentieth century came to relate to the bustle of nightlife, as the site is considered by some as the Garibaldi of Durango.

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It happens that after its recent remodeling, this important site that is part of the Historical Center of the Durango capital, is associated with prostitution, the consumption of intoxicants and what some consider and call police abuse, common for the “drunkenness and suripantas “by the municipal.

Plazuela Baca Ortiz

Source: Durango Offical

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