Centro Historico de Guanajuato

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, Guanajuato is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. 

Walk the streets of its historic center and admire its incredible colonial architecture. Guanajuato is one of the most picturesque towns in Mexico.

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Its maze like and cobbled alleys, its small squares, the colors of their facades, its strange topography, its stairways and its lively atmosphere takes visitors to a another world.

In the sixteenth century in the subsoil there was found rich veins of gold and silver. 

Thus, the city grew around this activity and became the most important mining center of the colony.

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During the War of Independence, this city played a key role, along with neighboring towns like Dolores Hidalgo. 

Guanajuato had become the capital of the country in the early 1858s, during the first presidency of Benito Juarez; and in the times of Porfirio Diaz some of the most notable buildings including the elegant Juarez Theater and the Legislative Palace and hydraulic infrastructure and monuments were erected.

The tour begins in the Garden of Union, surrounded by restaurants and bars where you can spend an afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of the city and the delights of its gastronomy. 

Just in front we find the emblematic Juarez Theater, an architectural jewel of the Porfiriato with a porch inspired by Roman Doric style and columns holding muses. 

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The tour begins in the Garden of Union, surrounded by restaurants and bars where you can spend an afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of the city and the delights of its gastronomy. 

Inside, a living room (lobby) art nouveau style. 

Next to the theatre, the Temple of San Diego, with a baroque style with the image of the Virgin of Conception done in 1784, its interior has a museum. 

Behind the Temple at rising sight stands the monumental statue of the famous hero of the Independence of Mexico, “Pipila”. 

At the foot of this statue is a viewpoint from where we see a magnificent view of the city of Guanajuato.

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Its most notable celebration, the International Cervantino Festival, attracts thousands of artists and viewers around the world every year.

The Basilica of Guanajuato located in the Plaza de la Paz is a beautiful Baroque building made in 1796 which houses the Virgin of Guanajuato. 

In this square is the Monument of Peace and some small restaurants with a terrace where you can eat at ease. 

On the same street we see the Legislative Palace housing the three branches of government but currently hosts the Congress of the legislature. 

And along with it the Mansion of Conde Rul, one of the purest examples of neoclassical in Mexico, built for the owner of the famous Valenciana Mine. 

A few steps from here is the imposing University of Guanajuato, built with green quarry in neoclassical style with its steps that are already an icon of the city.

A few blocks from this place is the imposing Alhóndiga de Granaditas recalls the history of independent era, with its high walls and columns in stone that now houses the Regional Museum of Guanajuato.

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How this Virtual Tour was made

Very early one day, I went for a walk to the historical center of the beautiful state capital of Guanajuato, managing to take these images not only of iconic places of this city, but also caught daily scenes of its inhabitants… parents taking children to school, local food stalls where people buy orange juice to fresh bread and homemade traditional foods of the region… its alleys, squares, houses and buildings with saturated colors.

It is truly a delight for photographers to walk the streets, where in every corner, every nook you can make beautiful compositions. One morning I will always remember.

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English language translation made by Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa through the collaboration of Centro de Estudio de Idiomas Culiacán

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