“The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.”
El Museo De Las Momias (Mummy Museum)
El Museo De Las Momias
Municipal Pantheon Esplanade
I know you were expecting a mummy photo, but I just couldn’t do it. Probably the most famous attraction in Guanajuato, the Mummy Museum, where 175+-year-old human corpses recline under glass, their heads on soft pillows. As gruesome as it seems, all proceeds from this museum go to help poor children in the town. And kids (above a certain age) love this attraction. Hey, it’s a way to get them to a museum. (Todos vamos a morir.)
Callejon del Beso (Alley of the Kiss)
Callejon del Beso
The story of two star-crossed lovers, separated by parents. But love cannot be stopped, and he bought the house on the opposite side of hers, so they could hold hands across the alley from their respective balconies. Until her father caught them and stabbed her (nice). Tourists line up to kiss in this ‘magic’ alley (just 27″/63 cm wide), on the staircase below the spot where the tragic couple held hands more than 200 years ago. Legend says if you kiss standing on the third step, your love will flourish for 15 years.
Alhóndiga de Granaditas (Granary of Granaditas)
Alhóndiga de Granaditas
Built as a grain storage facility, the taking of this building was the opening volley in the Siege of Guanajuato (1810). This was the first confrontation in the Mexican War of Independence — a war that would take 11 years to win. To make a long story short, the four amigos, Hildalgo, Allende, Aldamas and Jiménez took the granary, but less than a year later, each of their four heads would hang in a cage from the exterior corners of the building. And would hang there for 10 years, until Mexico achieved independence. The heads were moved to Mexico City, where they are buried under el Ángel de la Independencia. Also a great museum on-site with Meso-American artifacts, a large archeological section and charming frescoes.