Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas

Comitan, is a small nice city, full of history, gastronomy and culture, and with endless sites of interest including historic monuments and colonial buildings. There is also delicious regional gastronomy for visitors to enjoy.

Comitan de Dominguez, was originally called "Balun Canán", which means "Place of the Nine Stars". It was founded by a group of Tzeltal natives and in 1486 was subjugated by Aztec warriors, who changed the name to "Comitlan", derived from the Nahuatl which means "Place of potters" and in Spanish is Comitan. In this City the independence of Chiapas was proclaimed by Fray Matias de Cordova in 1821. Also in this city was born Dr. Belisario Domínguez Palencia, a distinguished politician who fought for the freedom of speech and who was assassinated by the dictator Victoriano Huerta. In honor of this important figure the ending "of Dominguez" was added to the city of Comitan.

Comitan de Dominguez, is a city located 101 miles from the capital of Chiapas and 56 miles from the border with Guatemala. It connects with them through the Panamerican Highway 190. Comitan is located at an altitude of 1660 meters above sea level and has a climate that is mild and rainy in the summer. Bordered on the North with Amatenango del Valle and Las Rosas, in the West with Socoltenango and Tzimol, in the South with The Trinity and in the Northwest with The Independence, Las Margaritas and Chanal. The City of Comitan has approximately 120,000 inhabitants. The vegetation is mostly pine-oak forest. This area of Chiapas is notable for the production of saddlery, the abundance of water resources and the plains that stretch between the hills of the region.

Comitan is one of the oldest cities in Chiapas, it is distinguished by its unique landscapes that can be admired from anywhere in the city, and for its beautiful and famous flowers, which is why it came to be known as "Comitan de las Flores". Comitan is a city that has many historical monuments and colonial buildings including temples, museums, and theaters as "The Temple of San Sebastian" from the eighteenth century, "The Temple of Santo Domingo" from the sixteenth century with a Mudejar facade, the neoclassical style "Temple of San Caralampio", "The Temple of Calvary", "The Temple of Guadalupe" and "The Temple of San Jose".

Among the museums you can find "The Archaeological Museum of Comitan", and "Rosario Castellanos Museum" (both at the Cultural Center), "Art Museum of Hermila Dominguez Castellanos", "The House Museum Dr. Belisario Dominguez", the neoclassical-porfirian style "Junchavín Theater of the City", "The Town Hall" where the record of independence was signed, "The Portals", and "The seven corners district". The Historic Center of Comitan is a synopsis of the daily life of the "Comitecos", and a proof of many centuries of fruitful history.

The new redesig of Comitan has given it a unique touch, which gives tourists the opportunity to get to know the personality and habits of its inhabitants. Comitán has a rich cuisine of unique significance because it reflects the encounter of its two most important roots, "The native and the Spanish", and its rich farming and ranching. For visitors Comitán can be a pleasurable gourmet trip. In Comitán you can find sausages, soups, snacks, sweets, and liquor among many other options. Some of the more typical known dishes are Las butifarras, chanfaina, salpicón, tamales de momón, chilevinagre, bones, africanns, tamales de bola, chicharrón de hebra, turrones, drop soup, picles, quiebra muelas, pozol, atole de granillo, rotten pot, obleas, pitaúl, jocoatol, mistela, lengua en pebre, comiteco, trompadas, tamales de azafrán, corn sodas, rice with shrimps, nuégados, zaquil, tortaditas, chile pastor, baldados de cueza, chinculguajes, palmito salad, and so on.

Comitan de Dominguez is a place that is worth visiting. Enjoy this historic city and its rich gastronomy and culture!

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