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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.

    I have to wait while she's buying more clothes!!
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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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    Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato located on the Plaza de La Paz. The construction of the church began in 1671 and completed 25 years later. The interior is like any other church I’ve seen in Mexico decorated beautifully with crystals chandeliers, oil paintings, altars, gold leaf and ornaments. Also inside the church is a gift from King Carlos V and his son Felipe II of Spain of the wooden statue of Virgin Mary. The exterior of the church is beautiful with striking bright yellow and the architecture with Baroque Dome is exquisite. The church and the surrounding area are tremendous for taking photos. I think it’s worth visiting.

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    Plaza de La Paz

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    Plaza de La Paz is located in front of Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato. It is one of the city oldest plazas and it has triangular shape. At the Plaza you will see the bronze statue designed by Jesus F Contreras. The magnificent statue dedicated to peace (1898) is surrounded by pristine garden with neat flowerbeds.

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    Hidalgo Market

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    Hidalgo Market was built in 1909 and opened a year later. The main building is neoclassical style. It’s a great place to visit where you can see the local doing their things. At the market on the first floor you can buy huge variety of fresh and processed food, household goods, you can even eat here if you want. On the top floor you can purchase a wide range of handicrafts.

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    Guanajuato City look out

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    I think this is a must when you are visiting Guanajuato city is to visit the Guanajuato City look out. To get there is catching the funicular (cable tram). If you feel energetic you can walk the step with interesting alleys and bright color housing and some not nice gratifies. At the top you will see spectacular breath taking view of Guanajuato city and surrounding. You might also recognize some of the landmark like Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato and others. Also at the top is the famous monument of El Pipila. Make sure bring your camera with you.

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    El Museo De Las Momias

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    El Museo De Las Momias. This mummy museum is one of the weirdest place I have visited. It is amazing and you can actually see their facial expressions, although it can be creepy. In the museum you’ll see men, woman and children mummies with clothing still intact . There are 119 mummified bodies are on display, 79 women, 21 men and 19 children which one of them is the smallest mummy in the world. The mummies were the residents of Guanajuato. I think the museum is worth visiting.

    Help I want my mummy!!
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    Juarez Theater

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    Juarez Theater. I think one of the most beautiful neoclassical styles building in Guanajuato. It was built in 1872 and completed in 1903. At the top of the building there are six bronze statues of the Greek goddesses. We didn’t go inside as it was shut but from what I heard inside is also impressive. In the evening outside the theater the there’s always something going on, lots of people congregating. There are buskers, street theatre performing. It is located in the city center. Close by are Jardinnde de la Union, which is exiting place both during the day and nights.

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    Monument El Pipila

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    Monument El Pipila is located at the Guanajuato city lookout. The monument was erected in honor to El Pipila. He was a hero a miner a revolutionary who fought the Spanish for Mexican Independence movement. The actual monument is pink in color and was opened in September 1939. You can see El Pipila almost anywhere in the city as he stand tall.

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    Monument of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

    by fachd Written May 22, 2014

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    Monument of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza is sit at the bottom of a rock cliff located near the popular public park. There are both fictional character created in a novel “Don Quixote” written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes in 1605. So far I have seen two Don Quixote Monument, the other was in Madrid.

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    Templo de San Cayetano de La Valenciana

    by fachd Written May 22, 2014

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    Templo de San Cayetano de La Valenciana is located in Plazuela de La Valenciana not far from Guanajuato city center. We took a bus tour to visit the church. The church stood on top of a hill with beautiful view of the valley. It was built for the silver miners.

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    University of Guanajuato

    by fachd Written May 22, 2014

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    University of Guanajuato is the oldest university in Latin America. It was a Jesuit school for children when it was opened in the 18th century. In 1828, it became property of the government of the state and named the State College.

    Today the university is famous for festivals of performing arts, which held every year. At the front of the main building there are 113 stone steps, the building is built from green Cantera Stone with neoclassical style.

    When we visited Guanajuato it was the conclusions the Year Of The Dead celebration, the steps was fill with gifts and ornaments. I thought it was interesting.

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    Jardin de la Union (Square)

    by fachd Written May 22, 2014

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    In front of Juarez Theater is Jardin de la Union (Square). It is the hub of the city. There are plenty of good restaurants at reasonable price. It can be really busy and exciting where people sit in one of the many benches. Mariachis band will perform while you are eating at one of the restaurant at reasonable cost. I think it is tremendous to experience Mexican culture performing while you are enjoying the delicious Mexican cuisine and Margaritas. It was also enjoyable listening to a small orchestra performing classical music at the Rotunda inside the square.

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    Casa Museo Gene Byron

    by VdV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After hearing that my Mom & I didn't want to go to the popular mummy museum (we didn't want nightmares!), but that I did like art museums, Francisco our guide took us to the Casa Museo Gene Byron. Located in the Marfil neighborhood of Guanajuato, the Museo GB is the former home of Canadian woman ex-pat Gene Byron. The house itself is a historical site (ex-Hacienda Santa Ana), the full history of which I cannot recall in full detail, though there is a great description on the museum's website (see below.)

    The property how houses an art collection devoted to the culture and art of the Guanajuato region. Many of the items, ranging from paintings to antique furniture, handcrafted lanterns and sculptures, were either personally made by Gene Byron, or designed by her but completed by local artisans.

    My Mom & I found it to be a beautiful place. Its courtyard, sculpture garden, and scenic surroundings (located near a creek and waterfall) was a nice respite after the drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato.

    Take time to enjoy this cultural treasure in Guanajuato--you won't be disappointed! More photos in the Travelogue section.....

    Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 3pm
    Suggested donation: $20 pesos

    Paintings and lanterns inside Museo GB
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    Casa Diego Rivera

    by VdV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum is located in the house where Diego Rivera was born. He moved from Guanajuato when he was 6 years old and never returned. However, his daughter purchased the home back from its later owners (who had subdivided the property and remodeled it into student housing quarters), and restored the home and moved an impressive collection of Diego Rivera's works into the property, which now contains four floors of his artwork, ranging from pencil drawings, to paintings and a small-scale replica of his famous "Dream of A Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central" (the original can be found in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in the Alameda in Mexico City; see my Mexico City Things to Do Tip.)

    The museum is just a few blocks from the main Plaza de la Paz. The ground floor was restored with original furniture from the period during which the Rivera family occupied the home while the upper floors contain his artwork.

    The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 7pm and on Sunday 10am to 3pm, with admission of $15 pesos (general) and $5 (students.)

    Go see it, it is worth it to see the range of artistic styles that Rivera used during his lifetime of artistic achievement.

    Reproduction of one of Rivera's most famous murals
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