Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana

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Don Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana Perez de Inoriza y Chávarri, marques de la Villa del Villar del Aguila, caballero militar de la orden de Alcántara y Calatrava was a rich and powerful nobleman and patron of the arts in 18th-century Querétaro, in the Viceroyalty of New Spain (Colonial Mexico).

He built and paid from his own money the Aqueduct to bring water from the springs in "La Cañada" (the Ravine) to the city of Querétaro, which includes the 74-arch aqueduct, now a landmark. He is considered the main benefactor of the town.

The city aqueduct.

In 1756, Urrutia directed the construction of La Casa de la Marquesa, (House of the Marchioness), a beautiful home for his wife. The mansion, a colonial architectural landmark, is now a luxury hotel and tourist attraction.

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