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Guanajuato

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Guanajuato, at an altitude of 6,600 ft (2,000 m), is a unique city situated in the Caada de Marfil (ivory ravine), a precipitous valley encircled by barren hills. It has very narrow, winding and steep cobblestone streets. The difficult topology has even forced other streets to be built underground. Founded by the Spanish in the early 16th century, Guanajuato became the world's leading silver-extraction centre in the 18th century. This past can be seen in the 'Boca del Inferno', a mineshaft that plunges a breathtaking 600 m. The town's fine Baroque and neoclassical buildings (among which some of the most beautiful churches in Mexico) resulting from the prosperity of the mines, have influenced buildings throughout central Mexico. The city played a key role in the wars and revolutions that racked Mexico in the 19th and early 20th century. It is now a very lively college town with fine restaurants, accomodations, and museums. The historic town and adjacent mines are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Panoramic view of the historic town at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Plaza de la Paz and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church of la Compania de Jesus, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church San Roque, and hills, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Fountain on Plazuela de los Angeles. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Houses on hill above  Plazuela San Fernando. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Narrow street with green houses. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Women walking in a tunnel. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Looking down Callejon del Beso, the narrowest of the alleyways. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Window decorated with many potted flowers. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman peeling cactus. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Couple sitting in front of carpets. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Traditional puppets. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Mining installations. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Front of a ruined house near a mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Forged metal gate and La Valenciana church. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Multicolored houses on a steep hillside, late afternoon. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Vividly colored houses on steep hill. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Evening mass in the Basilica de Nuestra Senora Guanajuato. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Teatro Juarez at dusk. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Plaza and church San Roque at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Subtarranean passageway with street and sidewalk. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color)

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