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Guanajuato Travel Guide

The best of Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a beautiful historical and colonial city, popular not only for being a gorgeous colonial city with baroque temples and magnificent mansions, but also for its extraordinary urban physiognomy, several capricious streets; a scrawl of roads that border ravines or suddenly end in narrow always. Considered the second colonial city in the country after the City of Mexico, Guanajuato is inundated with splendid samples of crossbred architecture, valuable historical precincts that are accessed like a cobweb of complex avenues and subterranean streets.

You have to visit the following places in the city:

The Juárez Theater
The Juárez Theater is beyond the shadow of a doubt a symbol unmistakable of Guanajuato, the access to the theater is fortified by two statues of lions on pedestals, its front of quarry is composed by twelve columns. The scenery in its interior is the panorama of the Eastern city of Constantinopla. In merit to their diverse architectonic styles are considered one of the most beautiful constructions of the country. From this place leave the traditional estudiantinas to make the traditional “callejoneadas”, in addition to being the principal scene of the Festival Cervantino International. In this beautiful place artistic activities are made, musical plays, ballet, concerts and exhibitions.

The Mummies Museum
During several years this place was a temple and the major cemetery on the city of Guanajuato, but in the year of 1865, the first mummified bodies of the former inhabitants of the region were discovered. Nowadays, there are many theories to explain this phenomenon; though, Guanajuato is still the only place in the world where the mummification of humans has occurred naturally. The museum presents more than 100 mummies of women, men and children, nowadays properly protected in show cases for better conservation.

Other interesting places
On the Jardín Unión, The Church of San Diego stands almost as it did in 1633, when it was built under the direction of Franciscan missionaries. A flood in 1760 nearly destroyed it. The rebuilding was done in 1786, largely at the expense of the Count of La Valenciana. The pink cantera-stone facade is a fine example of the Mexican baroque.

Behind the Jardín Unión, The Plazuela del Baratillo has a beautiful fountain (a present from Emperor Maximilian) at its center. You'll always find people sitting around it peacefully, some in the shade and others in the sun. Its name derives from its former role as a weekly tianguis (market); vendors would yell “¡Barato!” that means “cheap!”.

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