Between the streets of Manuel Doblado and Sóstenes Rocha is a little pedestrianized alley known as the Campanero – the Bellringer’s street – over which sits a small bridge built in the neoclassical style that characterizes the neighborhood.
The bridge and its adjoining ramp were not made to cross a river, unlike most of the city’s other bridges; instead, it was built to connect to the entrance of the house of local figure Mariano Vallejo Valbuena when the street was flattened out to make it possible for horse-drawn carriages to make it up the hill. So, in 1878, with his front door left in mid-air by the road works, Vallejo had the bridge built so he could get into his house.
Local legend has it that the name of the street dates back to the nineteenth century, when a bell ringer was employed to announce the arrival of carriages on the old Royal Highway.
It was down this alleyway that Father Miguel Hidalgo came with his Insurgent Army on September 28, 1810 to capture the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, in the process riding right past the home of Juan Antonio de Riaño y Bárcena, Hidalgo’s friend and also his bitter opponent later that same day.
The ramp leads up to the famous Tecolote alley, which goes on all the way up to the San Miguel hill, where the monument to El Pípila looks out over the city.
Down below, in the Campanero alley, you can find cafés, hostels and stores with a uniquely Guanajuato flavor. At the end of the street, you come to the Cervantes Theater and its famous statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.