San Antonio’s Sister City Monterrey, Mexico

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The “U '' shaped mountain is known as el Cerro de la Silla — resembling a saddle. | 📸: SATXtoday team

Hola, San Antonio. 👋

There’s no denying how strongly connected San Antonio’s culture is to that of Mexico’s, but that relationship goes even further with one city in particular — Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Why? Monterrey is considered to be one of San Antonio’s 11 sister cities.

According to Sister Cities International, “A sister city is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries, officially recognized after the highest elected/appointed officials sign off to become sister cities.”

Known for its beautiful mountainous landscape and thriving economy, the city is considered a major center for commerce with 13,000+ manufacturers (like GE, PepsiCo, and General Motors) continuing to drive economic growth to the area.

Bonus: check out the Wrap section at the bottom of the newsletter to find out what new major manufacturer is setting up its global headquarters in San Antonio.

Monterrey became one of our sister cities officially in 1953 (and Mexico’s first in the US) — since then, the two cities have cultivated a strong bond allowing for San Antonians to develop international relationships + stimulate economic development.

Fun Fact: the big enchilada-red building downtown, Central Library, was designed by Ricardo Legoretta — famed Mexican architect behind the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO).


MARCO in Monterrey. 📸 : SATXtoday team

Of all of our sister cities, Monterrey is the closest in proximity to San Antonio, we hope to be able to visit soon.

Just a five-hour drive from SA, Editor Ivan spent much of his childhood visiting family in Monterrey. Here’s a picture he took at Parque Fundidora, a repurposed urban space that once was the Fundidora Monterrey Steel Foundry Company — very similar to the Historic Pearl’s revival here in San Antonio. Bonus: you can take a boat ride through the park’s man-made river (major River Walk vibes).


You can actually ride the elevator to the top and watch an interactive show. | 📸 : SATXtoday team

Let us know if you’d like to hear more about one of our other sister cities — perhaps Guadalajara, Mexico or Gwangju, South Korea?

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