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Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Tuxtla Gutierrez
Settlement typeCity & Municipality
Foundedmid 16th century
Municipal Status1915
Municipal PresidentYassir Vázquez Hernández
Total Area159.2 sq mi (412.40 km2)
Elevation1968.5 ft (600 m)
Total Population503320 (2005)
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
Postal code (of seat)29000
Area code961

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Tuxtla Gutiérrez (-esˈtustla ɣuˈtjeres) is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is considered to be the state’s most modern city, with most of its public buildings dating from the 20th century. One exception to this is the San Marcos Cathedral which began as a Dominican parish church built in 1560 for Zoque natives. Prior to this, there had been no significant settlement on the site. Unlike many other areas of Chiapas, Tuxtla is not a tourist attraction, but it is a transportation hub for tourists coming into the state, with a major airport and first class bus station. The city is business oriented with government providing a significant portion of the employment.

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