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    Museo Iconografico del Quijote

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jul 13, 2014
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    This is a lovely visit in Guanajuato, especially if you love literatura. In this museum, compossed by two floors, you will see many books, statues, pictures and even paintings by Spanish artists (Dali and Picasso) devoted to Don Quijote de la Mancha.

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    Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato

    by fachd Written May 31, 2014

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    Another museum we visited is Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. Again if you enjoy art this is the place to visit. If not find a wine bar is good alternative. There are several exhibitions by artist. It has great collection of folk art. They are colonial paintings, prints, collection of miniatures and few other interesting objects. When we were there the museum was celebrating the Year Of The Dead. On the ground floor was full of offering to the dead.

    Entrada $15

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    Walking is the best way to see Guanajuato

    by fachd Written May 31, 2014

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    Walking is the best way to see Guanajuato. It is a city that’s best explored on foot. You’ll be amazed what downtown city has to offer. They are so many things to discover. If you are tired you can stop at any one of the coffee or one of those Mexican bar or stop at one of the many European style plazas. Guanajuato is not big city but in small city they are tons to explore. Most of the streets are made from cobblestone and too narrow for cars, although I did see a bus drove on the narrow cobblestone street. Before you explore the city get yourself a map from the hotel you are staying, mind you they are written in Spanish but usually the map has plenty of picture. Happy exploring.

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    Guanajuato Tunnels.

    by fachd Written May 30, 2014

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    We caught a taxi for half hour through the tunnels. I can’t remember the cost but it wasn’t that expensive. I think you can explore the tunnel by walking. I myself wouldn’t do it, as the traffic can be dangerous. It was nothing to see except wall of the tunnel. The tunnel is mostly dark, wet and like a labyrinth. Interesting part is they are buildings and houses above the tunnel, I hope the tunnel is strong.

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    Puente de Campanero

    by fachd Written May 30, 2014

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    The name of the bridge is Puente de Campanero or Bridge on Campanero. They say the bridge was built to be able to enter to the other. To do this they had to dig the street deeper. Now you can sit at the bridge and watch pedestrian goes by while eating nice food drinking Mexican coffee at Santo Café. Del Campanero 8

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    The Kiss Alley (Callejon del Beso)

    by fachd Updated May 30, 2014

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    If you want to be romantic with your partner take her/him to the Alley of Kiss (Callejon del Beso). The Alley is located near the Plaza de los Angeles. The narrow alley has two balconies. It is the site for the famous romantic legend where the tragic story of two young sweethearts happened. At small cost there are plenty of locals ready to take photo of you and partner kissing. If you go to the site and not kiss your partner, seven years bad luck upon you, well believe it or not.

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    Outside Hidalgo Market

    by fachd Written May 30, 2014

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    Outside Hidalgo Market is also interesting and busy, maybe busier than the actual market. Guanajuato is a great city for walking. We walk from our hotel to the market. Outside the market you cant help observing the surrounding area. You’ll see people selling cakes to in coming traffics, walking the dog, stray dog doing their business, hawkers selling fresh fruits, sweets, fresh vegetables, the local catching bus, walking around with pumpkin head and no shortages of shops. I thought it was a lively place.

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    The Temple of the Company of Jesus

    by fachd Written May 30, 2014

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    The Temple of the Company of Jesus or Oratorio de San Felipe is another beautiful Colonial architecture that Guanajuato has to offer to the tourism industry. I thought the façade of the church were impressive. There are so many churches in Guanajuato with beautiful façade, especially for photography and video. Churches are interesting subject. Unfortunately I couldn’t have a look inside the church as it was closed.

    The church is located next to Guanajuato University City Centre. The church was built in 1746 by Jose Joaquin y Legazpi and completed in 1767. The church was built in the same year that the Jesuits were expelled from Spain. (Wiki)

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    Church of San Diego

    by fachd Written May 30, 2014

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    Every day from our hotel (Hotel Chocolate) we passed this 17th century baroque architecture style Church of San Diego. Located in front of Jardin de la Union and not far from Juarez Theatre. The church boasts the most beautiful façade in Guanajuato. Well I am not sure, I have seen better looking church façade in the city. I must admit it has impressive dome, they said is like of St Peter’s in Rome. Franciscans founded San Diego in 1663. At the front stand statues of San Diego de Alcala. He was born in Seville and was Spanish lay brother of the Observant Franciscan order.

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    Museo Exhaciende San Gabriel de Barrera

    by fachd Written May 29, 2014

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    We visited Museo Exhaciende San Gabriel de Barrera. A guy who dressed like a monk greeted us in Spanish. He took us to the dungeon and showed us how people were being tortured and he explained in details. Naturally I couldn’t understand a word cause I don't speak the lingo. I just looked at the figurine and used my imagination (see photos). After the gruesome dungeon he took us out. Wow what a contrast to step out from horror to a well-manicured seventeen gardens. The garden has distinct type of vegetation.

    The hacienda was built in late 1600. The hacienda belongs to a rich Captain Gabriel de Barrera who was a landowner. The hacienda was formerly a mine. The hacienda is now a museum, which will give you insight of how the wealthy lived at the time. The museum was opened in 1979. The distance is about 2.5 km from Guanajuato City/Town Centre.

    Open Mon-Sun 9-6pm. $30MD

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    El Museo Bocamina San Ramon Mine

    by fachd Written May 29, 2014

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    The last mine (Salt Mine) we visited was at Poland. I thought it was a good idea to visit another mine, this time San Ramon Mine in Guanajuato Mexico. It had a nice garden and interesting bar. San Ramon was a silver mine which was discovered in 1549. Tourist can visit the underground mine. You descend the mineshaft about 60 meters deep via steps. Entered at your own risk because I found the steps were a bit slippery. As safety precaution they give you helmet and you can hold the railing as you descend. They will explain about the mine in Spanish, which we don’t understand. The mine is now a museum located 2km outside Guanajuato City Centre. The cost to get in is $35 MD per persons. I found the visit was worth it.

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    San Roque Plaza

    by fachd Written May 29, 2014

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    San Roque Plaza. International Cervantes festival is held here once a year. It attracts many artist and thousands of visitors from all over Mexico and overseas. Nearby there are lots of cafe restaurants. For small amount of pesos you can be entertained by local musicians. Great Plaza to relax and wind down after exploring the city.

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    Templo de San Roque

    by fachd Written May 29, 2014

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    Templo de San Roque at Jardin Reforma is a baroque style church built in 1726 by the priest named Don Juan Jose de Cervera Sopena. It houses an important collection of colonial paintings. International Cervantes festival is held at the church forecourt (San Roque Plaza).

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    Centrica plazuela del Baratillo

    by fachd Updated May 29, 2014

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    Centrica plazuela Baratillo. This little downtown plaza is lined with old houses and in the middle of the plaza is Florentine style iron fountain. Some of the old houses are converted to shops. There’s used to be Sunday market held at the plaza.

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    Alhondiga de Granaditas

    by fachd Updated May 29, 2014

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    Alhondiga de Granaditas (museum) at Calle 28 Septiembre was the first site of the first rebel victory for the war of Mexican Independence. The museum was originally built as a grain storehouse. We didn’t go inside the museum, which we regret because it has lots of historical information.

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