Templo de San Francisco


Templo de San Francisco was built in 1741 in a late baroque style, as noted in its decorative motifs and stone entrance, though neoclassical features were added in the 19th century, including the quirky clock on its facade. Franciscan friars have been running the church since 1828.

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1. Museo Iconográfico del Quijote

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This surprisingly interesting museum is worth half-hour of your time. Every exhibit relates to Spain's Don Quixote de la Mancha, Cervantes' classic…

2. Teatro Juárez


Don’t leave Guanajuato without visiting the magnificent Teatro Juárez. It was built between 1873 and 1903 and inaugurated by the dictator Porfirio Díaz,…

3. Templo de San Diego

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Built in 1663 by members of St Diego of Alcántara, the facade – carved pink quarry stone – exemplifies Mexican Churriqueresque and is quite lovely.

4. Jardín de la Unión

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This triangular plaza is lined by cafes, bars and restaurants and full of shade-giving trees in a neatly maintained garden.

6. Monumento a El Pípila


The monument to El Pípila honors the hero who torched the Alhóndiga gates on September 28, 1810, enabling Hidalgo's forces to win the first victory of the…

7. Templo de la Compañía de Jesús


Believed to be one of the largest constructions completed by the Jesuits in Mexico, this church was built between 1746 and 1765. However, just two years…

8. Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato

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Located beside the university, this fascinating art museum displays an exquisite collection of Mexican miniatures, and 18th- and 19th-century artworks by…