Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhóndiga de Granaditas
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Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhóndiga de Granaditas information
This art and history museum was the site of the first major rebel victory in Mexico's War of Independence. Built between 1798 and 1808 as a grain storehouse, the Alhóndiga became a fortress in 1810 when 300 Spanish troops and loyalist leaders barricaded themselves inside when 20,000 rebels led by Miguel Hidalgo attempted to take Guanajuato. On September 28, 1810, a young miner nicknamed El Pípila tied a stone slab to his back and, thus protected from Spanish bullets, set the entrance ablaze. The rebels moved in killed everyone inside.
The Alhóndiga was later used as an armory, then a school, before it was a prison for 80 years (1864–1948). It became a museum in 1958. Don't miss José Chávez Morado's dramatic murals of Guanajuato's history on the staircases.