geographical name \ˌkwer-nä-ˈvä-kä\

Definition of CUERNAVACA

city S cen Mexico S of Mexico City of Morelos pop 281,752


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2000: 327,162), capital of Morelos state, south-central Mexico. As the capital city of the Tlahuica Indians, it was known as Cuauhnáhuac. The name was changed (c. 1521) when it was taken by Hernán Cortés; his palace, now the Morelos State House (decorated with murals by painter Diego Rivera), is located there. Nearby are pre-Columbian ruins. A favourite retreat of the emperor Maximilian, the area is still popular with tourists. The University of Morelos was established there in 1953.


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