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Admire an old and storied building at Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas, a former grain storehouse now containing an art and history museum. Built between 1798 and 1808, the building displays an impressive neoclassical architectural style and bears traces of its main uses, as a warehouse, military barracks, and then prison. Turned into a fortress by Spanish troops and loyalists in 1810, when a group of rebels led by Miguel Hidalgo lay siege to the building, the doors were eventually set ablaze and the rebels killed everyone inside. When the rebellion was quashed, the four main insurgents, including Hidalgo, were executed and their heads were hung from the four corners of the fort. They stayed there until Mexico gained its independence 10 years later. Acting as a prison from 1864-1948, the building now contains several murals and exhibits dedicated to heroes of the independence movement, and a large collection of pre-Columbian art. Plan to visit Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Guanajuato attractions using our Guanajuato trip builder app.
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Freeing of the indigenous people took place in this area We were luck to have had history lesson from Rick at casa Zúñiga before visiting so it made it more real more »
This massive building is a history museum, an art museum, an anthropologiacl museum, and, best of all, the very place where one of the most important events in Mexican history actually occurred... more »
A very well organized and informative historical museum. English information cards on each section of the museum were provided at entry. It was very helpful to read , prior to entering, a particular section of the museum. Do not miss the opportunity of a visit to this wonderful museum. You will not be disappointed (but be sure to ask for the individual information sheets, as they they made the visit all that more interesting).
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