Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

When one hears the word hacienda, you think of a large estate devoted to farming and cattle ranching. Here in Guanajuato it is the mine owner residence where ore from his mine was ground to powder and the gold and silver extracted. Built at the end of the 17th century is has been a private residence until 1960 when it was deeded over to the state. Today it a wonderful museum.  The residence and extensive gardens provide an insight into the noble lifestyles of the mining barons.

Two room connected by a very low arch. This room was where mine business was conducted. 

This room was where the book keepers worked. There were no windows at that time. 

Dinning room

Very nice bathrooms had been added to modernize the house

The family chapel

The walls are all that remain of the ore processing facility.

Ruth checking out the flora

There are many gardens and each has a theme. This is the Roman garden.

The onsite restoration center. 

Ciristo Rey is one of the most historically important religious shrines in Mexico. The 75 foot statue was created by artist Nicholas Mariscal in 1944 and erected in 1950.

This crown of thorns circles the perimeter of the chapel.


  1. Again, you have done a marvelous job with your photography and subjects. I feel as though I have had a professional tour of the mansion. The crown of thorns circling the chapel had to be dramatic representing the presence of Christ's grace given to the little chapel before his execution.

  2. Thank you. It was an amazing place, well worth the long ride up there.