Universidad de Guanajuato


The main building of this university, whose ramparts are visible above much of the city, is one block up the hill from the basilica. The distinctive multistory white-and-blue building with the crenelated pediment dates from the 1950s. The design was (and some might say continues to be) controversial, as this dominating structure disrupts the characteristic, historic cityscape, but it's unusual enough to search out.

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Nearby Guanajuato attractions

1. 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…

2. Templo de la Compañía de Jesús

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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…

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.

5. Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera

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Diego Rivera's birthplace is now an excellent museum honoring the famous artist, who was persona non grata here for years. Rivera and his twin brother…

6. 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.

7. Teatro Juárez

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

8. Callejón del Beso

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Narrowest of the many alleyways in Guanajuato's streets is this callejón, where the balconies of two houses practically touch. In a local legend, a fine…