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Taxco (full name: Taxco de Alarcσn) is an antique colonial silver-mining center located in the northern reaches of the Mexican state of Guerrero. It is located at 18°33′N 99°36′W, some 200 km southwest of Mexico City along the old highway to Acapulco. It stands at a height of some 1800 m above sea level in the western arm of the Sierra Madre del Sur. The city serves as the administrative center of the municipality of the same name, which covers a total area of 347 km² of the surrounding territory.
Even though silver mining had been the main commercial activity of Taxco since colonial times, it is no longer considered a profitable activity, and the city is better known for its traditional silverwork, which attracts tourism throughout the year.
The city is built on the side of a mountain, with very steep narrow cobblestone streets lined by whitewashed houses with red-tiled roofs. It is also renowned for its more than 200-year-old baroque-style church, the Santa Prisca Cathedral.

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