Guanajuato Independentista (Guanajuato role in the history of independence of Mexico)

Guanajuato

A trip to the past

The city of Guanajuato played an important role in the history of Independence of Mexico. Here, the insurgent weapons led by the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla were covered with glory and the legend of an important and famous character, the Pipila.

The monuments in the city of Guanajuato transport us to that time, for instance the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the place where the memorable battle of September 28th, of 1910 was fought.

What we see today as a carved quarry esplanade (known for being the site where the International Cervantino Festival concludes), had the function of storing and selling grains. Although, this was very brief, because when the independence movement began, it served as a refuge for the defenders of the viceregal regime. Afterwards, the building saw the fall of Miguel Hidalgo, as his head was hung together with those of Juan Aldama, Ignacio Allende and José Mariano Jiménez, with the intention of causing fear in the liberals in order to mitigate their intention to become independent.

An important symbol of our current history
Currently, the Alhóndiga de Granaditas is one of the must-see museums in the city of Guanajuato. It has a collection of 9,275 objects of historical and cultural value, such as pre-Hispanic vestiges, handicrafts and photographs of Guanajuato.

In the center of the civic enclosure, the Independence flame is lit, a fire that is renewed every month as a special occasion on September 28th, in commemoration of the taking of the Alhóndiga, at the dawn of the insurgent movement.

Now let's talk about the monument in honor of Juan José Martínez, better known as Pípila. This brave miner was the one who, with a tombstone on his back and a torch in hand, opened the door of the Alhóndiga so that the army of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla could enter.

On the hill of San Miguel, a gigantic pink quarry sculpture was built that represents the historical character and occupies one of the most important viewpoints in the city of Guanajuato. The university is visible from that point, as well as the Plaza de la Paz. On clearer days you can see the ex-Hacienda de La Valenciana.

The best way to get to the monument is by taking the funicular. It can also be on foot, but you'd have to walk dozens of stairs and alleys. The viewpoint is also open at night, in case you want to have a different perspective of Guanajuato.

A trip to the past

The city of Guanajuato played an important role in the history of Independence of Mexico. Here, the insurgent weapons led by the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla were covered with glory and the legend of an important and famous character, the Pipila.

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The monuments in the city of Guanajuato transport us to that time, for instance the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the place where the memorable battle of September 28th, of 1910 was fought.

What we see today as a carved quarry esplanade (known for being the site where the International Cervantino Festival concludes), had the function of storing and selling grains. Although, this was very brief, because when the independence movement began, it served as a refuge for the defenders of the viceregal regime. Afterwards, the building saw the fall of Miguel Hidalgo, as his head was hung together with those of Juan Aldama, Ignacio Allende and José Mariano Jiménez, with the intention of causing fear in the liberals in order to mitigate their intention to become independent.

An important symbol of our current history
Currently, the Alhóndiga de Granaditas is one of the must-see museums in the city of Guanajuato. It has a collection of 9,275 objects of historical and cultural value, such as pre-Hispanic vestiges, handicrafts and photographs of Guanajuato.

In the center of the civic enclosure, the Independence flame is lit, a fire that is renewed every month as a special occasion on September 28th, in commemoration of the taking of the Alhóndiga, at the dawn of the insurgent movement.

Now let's talk about the monument in honor of Juan José Martínez, better known as Pípila. This brave miner was the one who, with a tombstone on his back and a torch in hand, opened the door of the Alhóndiga so that the army of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla could enter.

On the hill of San Miguel, a gigantic pink quarry sculpture was built that represents the historical character and occupies one of the most important viewpoints in the city of Guanajuato. The university is visible from that point, as well as the Plaza de la Paz. On clearer days you can see the ex-Hacienda de La Valenciana.

The best way to get to the monument is by taking the funicular. It can also be on foot, but you'd have to walk dozens of stairs and alleys. The viewpoint is also open at night, in case you want to have a different perspective of Guanajuato.

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