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Guanajuato: City of History, or Myth?

A March 2005 trip to Guanajuato by Coach Bear

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Quote: One of the most pleasant cities that I have visited in recent years is Guanajuato, Mexico. I found the city to be intriguing in its beauty and history.

Guanajuato: City of History, or Myth?

Overview

Guanajuato Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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From the moment of arrival in Guanajuato I became enraptured with all that there was in the city. The alleys (callejones), museums, mines, and other activities provided ample opportunities for me to study the area, visit interesting sites, and relax. The Festival Cervantino is one of the most fascinating opportunities to view the works of Miguel Cervantes (Don Quixote). Actually, space does not permit me to express all of the wonderful experiences in the city.Quick Tips: Guanajuato was founded because of the silver that was found lying on the ground. Workers eventually worked into mines that were the most extensive in the world for almost 400 years. Every tourist needs to save roo...Read More

Conde de la Valenciana

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Restaurant

Conde de la Valenciana Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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As we walked across the plazuela, I saw the meseros preparing the tables for the evening meals. Knowing that we would soon be hungry, I spoke to one of the workers and asked about the food and service. After I was shown the menu, I knew that the Conde was where I wanted to eat that first evening. Upon our arrival, my friends and I were seated and treated as though we were the most important people in the entire city. And that evening, we thought we were. The majority of the food on the menu was local Mexican fare. It did not include tacos, burritos, and other foods from the southern United States, but served traditional foods cooked in the Central-Mexican tradition. I a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

Conde de la Valenciana
Carr. Guanajuato-Dolores Hidalgo Km 5
Guanajuato, Mexico
(473) 732-2550

Pipila - The view from the top

Attraction | "Pipila"

Pipila - The view from the top Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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At the base of the hill of Pipila are both a set of stairs and a tram. The visitor can walk up the stairs for 170m or pay 17 pesos for a round-trip ride on the tram. Either way, there is still a small climb to the top of the mountain. Tourist and souvenir shops are placed in many areas along the top of the mountain. Farther, a 40-foot high statue has been erected to watch and protect over the city. Numerous viewing areas are spaced along the sides, from which anyone can find marvelous views of the city of Guanajuato.

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Pipila - The view from the top
Above town
Guanajuato, Mexico

Callejon del Beso

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Attraction

Callejon del Beso Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Doña Carmen was the only daughter of an obstinate and violent man. She was courted by her beau, Don Luis, in a church near the maiden's home. However, when the father found out about this, he locked her in her house. A window in Doña Carmen's home went onto an alley so narrow that it was possible, leaning out the window, to touch the wall on the other side with a hand. By using all of his fortune, Don Luis was able to buy the house across the alley. When the maiden went out on her balcony that evening, she was able to see her lover. Seeing what happened, the father pushed into the girl’s room, and with dagger in hand and a single blow, he plunged it into his daughter’s br...Read More

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Callejon del Beso
Callejon del Beso
Guanajuato, Mexico

Cristo Rey

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Attraction

Cristo Rey Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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After a 20-minute ride from Guanajuato, we came to Cerro Cubilete. At the top of this mountain is the famous shrine called Cristo Rey. This is a 50-foot tall icon of Christ with outstretched arms. A chapel and other tourist-associated stands are built under the structure. From this shrine, a wonderful panoramic view can be seen of the entire countryside. Many members of the Catholic Church make pilgrimages to this awesome spectacle. Masses are held daily in the chapel, which contains a wooden artifact carved throughout that resembles a large crown of thorns. There is no fee for entry to the shrine, but free-will donations are accepted. The entire shrine was destroyed by the governm...Read More

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Cristo Rey
Cerro del Cubilete
Guanajuato, Mexico

Alhondiga de Granaditas

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Attraction

Alhondiga de Granaditas Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Even without knowing the history of this building, the first encounter gives the visitor a sense of awe. This structure was built in 1809 and became the central symbol at the beginning of Mexico's fight for independence from Spain, which began one year later. Father Miguel Hidalgo of the nearby city of Dolores was the spokesman who proclaimed Mexico's Independence. Almost immediately, the citizens of Guanajuato lay siege to this building and its garrison of Spanish soldiers. A local miner, now known as Pipila, martyred himself to help the citizens gain entry into the building. This was the first major battle in the war of Independence. Now, the Alhondiga serves as a m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2005

Alhondiga de Granaditas
Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico

Festival Internacional Cervantino

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Attraction

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For the 33rd successive year, the city of Guanajuato will hold its famous Festival Internacional Cervantino, a celebration of the written works of the Spanish author Miguel Cervantes. It is annually held for 3 weeks during the month of October. Billed as the largest arts and cultural event in all of Latin America, the festival is more than a local celebration; it is a world celebration of the arts. Annually, more than 2500 artists converge from all over the world to perform in recitals, concerts, plays, ballet, contemporary dance, and opera. In its beginnings, the festival was devoted mainly to artistic creation in the Spanish language, in homage to Miguel de Cervantes. In the course of time,...Read More

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Festival Internacional Cervantino
Insurgentes Sur 2383
Guanajuato, Mexico 01000
(52) (55) 5616 63 10

Mummy Museum

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Attraction | "El Museo de Las Momías"

Mummy Museum Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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One of the most intriguing and unusual spectacles that one can see during a visit to Guanajuato is a stop at El Museo de Las Momías, a museum dedicated to the preservation of a group of naturally-mummified remains that were found in the city’s cemetery between the years 1896 and 1958. The museum is open to the public from 9am until 6pm. There is a small charge for admittance, but that varies. (Usually less than 5 – 10 pesos.) These mummies were discovered when a new local law took effect. The original cemetery was becoming filled and needed more space. The local officials placed a tax on the relatives of people in the cemetery and wanting to be buried there. This was something that might be ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

Mummy Museum
Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico

Teatro Juarez

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Attraction

Teatro Juarez Photo, Guanajuato, Mexico
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In 1872, General Florencio Antillón provided the funding for an edifice that would provide theatrical performances to the public of Guanajuato. This would add modern culture to the beautiful colonial city that he loved. General Manuel González contributed additional funding, and the building was completed in 1903. The completed structure is considered to be one of the most beautiful theaters in all of Mexico. The Teatro Juárez was officially inaugurated by General Porfirio Diaz. Its portico is in the Roman Doric style, and among its many charms is an art nouveau foyer. Access to the theater is by a series of wide steps framed by a cantera stone balustrade and flanked by two bronze lions and wr...Read More

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Teatro Juarez
No. 8 Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico