San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland

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  • 1. Alhóndiga de Granaditas

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Previously, this 18th-century grain-storage facility served as a jail under Emperor Maximilian and as a fortress during the War of Independence...Read More

  • 2. Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Painted in a striking marigold yellow, the 18th-century Basílica dominates Plaza de la Paz. Inside is Mexico's oldest Christian statue: a bejeweled...Read More

  • 3. Bocamina de San Ramón


    A Valenciana mine near the church has one entrance at Bocamina de San Ramón, whose inexpensive tour you might call entry-level—you just head...Read More

  • 4. El Pípila

    El Centro | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A half-hour climb or short funicular ride from downtown is this statue of Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, a young miner and hero of the War...Read More

  • 5. Jardín de la Unión

    El Centro | Plaza/Square

    Guanajuato's central square is a tiny, tree-lined, wedge-shaped plaza bordered by pedestrian walkways. There are musical performances in the...Read More

  • 6. La Valenciana

    La Valenciana | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Officially called La Iglesia de San Cayetano—and a 15-minute trek from the city center—this is one of the best-known colonial churches in Mexico...Read More

  • 7. Mercado Hidalgo

    El Centro | Market/Bazaar

    It's a 10- or 15-minute walk from Jardín de la Union to see this 1910 structure of pink quarry stone, cast iron, and glass, designed by the...Read More

  • 8. Museo Casa Diego Rivera

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The birthplace of Diego Rivera contains family portraits, period furniture (late-19th- and early-20th-century pieces re-creating the painter...Read More

  • 9. Museo de las Momias

    Panteon | Museum/Gallery

    Mummified human corpses—once buried in the adjacent municipal cemetery—are on display in this unique and fascinating museum at the town's west...Read More

  • 10. Museo Iconográfico del Quijote

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    During his imprisonment in a Spanish concentration camp in the 1930s, Spanish writer and journalist Eulalio Ferrer was so uplifted by Miguel...Read More

  • 11. Teatro Juárez

    El Centro | Arts/Performance Venue

    Adorned with bronze lion sculptures and a line of large Greek muses overlooking the Jardín de la Unión from the roof, the theater was inaugurated...Read More

  • 12. Transportes Turísticos de Guanajuato

    El Centro | Tour–Sight

    Transportes Turísticos de Guanajuato. Doing business for more since the late 1970s, this tour operator leads historical tours including San...Read More

  • 13. Universidad de Guanajuato

    El Centro | Educational Institution

    Founded in 1732, the university was formerly a Jesuit seminary. The original churrigueresque church, La Compañía, still stands next door....Read More

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