Mexico City and the High Central Plateau, January 2009

Guanajuato

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini

 

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June 25, 2009                                                                                                                                                              wgfm


Guanajuato was colonized soon after the Spanish arrived in the 1520’s because of its silver.  By the time it became a city in 1554, it was supplying one quarter of New Spain’s silver output.  This richness is reflected in architecture like the Teatro Juarez below. 

The Historic Town and Adjacent Mines are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Silver is still produced today.

There is very little traffic in the older part of Guanajuato because tunnels form an underground road network.  Originally the town was built on the river which was made to flow through tunnels.  After several floods, the river was diverted and the tunnels paved and lit for cars.  New tunnels have been built to ease traffic in and out of the city.  Groups of musicians in colonial dress lead “strolls” in the evening.

Guanajuato is closely associated with Fra. Miguel Hidalgo, who was born there, and the Mexican War of Independence (1810-21).

The Alhondiga de Granaditas (granary) was the site of the first rebel victory.  Hidalgo’s head, along with others, was later hung from the corner of the building.

The Panoramic Road circles the hills above the city and connects it with different mines and barrios..  Below the Mineral de Rayas can be seen just below the Templo de la Merced in Mellado.

In the church above in Mellado, a former friar’s body is venerated and helps people to be successful.

Another church on the Panoramic Road, the Templo del Señor de Villaseca, is known for its beautiful facade.

The Museo de las Momias is also on the Panoramic Road in Guanajuato.

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