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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) Basilic Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato and Templo La Compania at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church San Roque, and houses at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church of la Compania de Jesus, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Roofs and domes of Church of San Diego seen from above. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church of San Diego. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church San Roque, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Facade of San Roque church, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Plaza and church San Roque, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) People walking in front of church San Roque, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Walls and dome of San Roque church, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Walls and dome of Templo de San Roque, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church, late afternoon. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman and child waiting for bus below a church. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Inside of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Guanajuato during a mass. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Plaza de la Paz and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato by night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato by night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Plaza de la Paz and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Templo de la Compania de Jesus at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Decorated church altar. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church nave with decorated altar. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Altar and nativity. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Teatro Juarez at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Palacio Legislativo de la Paz at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Pipila monument. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Houses built on steep hill,  early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Vividly colored houses on hill, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Vividly colored houses on hill, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Steep hill with multicolored houses. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Houses painted with bright colors on a steep hillside. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Houses bordering Plazuela San Fernando. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Hotel restaurant building painted bright blue and yellow. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Restaurant El Canastillo de Flores on Plaza de la Paz. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Balcony with potted flowers. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Door and tree. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Closed doors of restaurant  Plazuela San Fernando. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Pink facade. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Blue doors and yellow wall on Plaza San Roque. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Street number sign. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) House. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Window decorated with many potted plants. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Entrance of one of the subterranean streets with a house built above. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Houses on a hillside built above a tunnel. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Fountain and public bench on Plazuela San Fernando. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Tree, publich bench, and house on Plazuela San Fernando. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Vegetation and houses in  Jardin de la Reforma. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Man walking in an arched passage a dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Street with steps at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Templo de San Roque, streets, and hillside, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Steep and narrow alleyway. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Callejon del Beso, the narrowest of the alleyways. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Suburban street. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Family walking down an alley. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman and child walking in a narrow street. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman and boy walking down an alleyway. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Children practising in a marching band. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Children with drums. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Schoolchildren in a marching band. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman with two children sitting in doorway. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Young man riding a donkey in the streets. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Girl riding a donkey. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Steep callejone at dusk. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Juarez street and subterranean street with bus at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Man at a Newstand booth in a narrow callejone at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Fountain on Plazuela de los Angeles at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Jardin de la Reforma by night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Inside the Mercado Hidalgo. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Man sitting at a booth offering a large variety of bottled chili. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman at a booth with lots of chili bottles in Mercado Hidalgo. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Chili bottles at a booth in Mercado Hidalgo. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Men with cow-boy hats selling strawberries. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman and plater with typical vegetables. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Vegetable vendor. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Man preparing tacos with meat. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Fruit and vegetable vendors on the street. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Women selling vegetables on the street. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Vegetable street vendor. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Man selling grilled peanuts on the street. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman selling Traditional puppets. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Woman selling Traditional puppets. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Traditional puppets. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Couple eating in the street. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Shoe shinning on plazza. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Mexican boot being polished. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Basilic and University seen from above at night. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Historic town at night with illuminated monuments. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the historic town with illuminated monuments. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the historic town with illuminated basilic, university, and La Compania. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the historic town and surrounding hills at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Historic town seen from above at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the town at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the town center at dawn. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Basilic and University in the center of the town. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church of San Diego and Jardin de la Union. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church San Roque, and houses, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the town, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the historic town center, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Church of la Compania de Jesus, early morning. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Roof of Teatro Juarez with statues. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Brligly painted houses on hillside. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) View of the city center from Pipila, mid-day. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) View of the city center with churches and roofs, mid-day. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the city, mid-day. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Panoramic view of the city, mid-day. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) City center from above  with dome of Templo de la Compania de Jesus. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) City center from above  with dome of Templo de la Compania de Jesus. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Historic city center with Church of San Diego, Basilic and  University. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Castle and colorful houses. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Tree with yellow fruits. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Ruined house near a mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Cactus growing out of ruined house. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Corner of a ruined house with cactus growing out. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Shaft of La Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Hard hats used for descending into La Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Ventilation chimney of La Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Tower above the main shaft of La Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Fence around the main shaft of La Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Tower above the main shaft of La Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Industrial machinery, Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Machinery, Valenciana mine. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Facade of La Valenciana church, late afternoon. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color) Girls in front of La Valenciana church, late afternoon. Guanajuato, Mexico ( color)
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