Guanajuato Church Photos, Sightseeing, Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato Churches have the opulent interiors that a rich mining town could build. Gold leaf covers the carved wood altars and the stucco details in what was once Mexico's wealthiest colonial town.
The nearest large city is Leon, a forty peso bus ride, where many first class buses lead to all of Mexico.
Going northwest the next large city is Aguascalientes, San Miguel de Allend is a 75 pesos bus ride of about two hours.
Primera Plus Buses run from Mexico Central Norte station to Guanajuato. 360 peso (34 USD) in 4 and a half hours
Guanajuato was able to build richly appointed churches because of its productive gold and silver mines.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the wealthy town built many colonial churches, elegant buildings, and an extensive system of aqueducts of the abundant local stone.
Guanajuato expanded into the hillsides that surround the narrow valley at over 6000 feet. The mountainous region offers a moderate climate.
Red sandstone was a popular building material and it is plentiful in the valley. The early settlers created many splendid colonial buildings including Baroque churches, private mansions, public building, aqueducts, and a European style castle that is now a hotel.
Several streets in the center of the town go underground through tunnels constructed like bridges to support building at ground level. Many narrow streets are pedestrian only and other alleyways have staircases to the higher parts of the town.
The Church Sr. De Villa Seca is one of the churches of opulent adornments. The chapel to the right of the church has claimed many cures
The first inhabitants of the Guanajuato area were the pre Hispanic Chichimecas and later Aztecs who mined the precious metals. The Spanish defeated the local Indians in the 1540s and started mining on a large scale.
By 1555 the town had forts for protection against raiding Chichimecas and the first church was under construction.
One of the earliest mines, the 1540s Bocamina Mine is today open for visits by tourists who descend into the mine shaft and tour the above ground support buildings. The mines made Guanajuato the richest cities in Mexico during the colonial period.
Sightseeing includes the Mummy Museum, the Don Quixote Museum, and the Diego Rivera Museum.
Church Sr. de Villa Seca interior
Many streets in Guanajuato are narrow and restricted to pedestrians only. Other alleyways have staircases to the higher parts of the town.
The Chapel in the Santuario is noted for cures
Church Sr. de Villa Seca