Capilla de San José

Moving up the hill beside the post office building, we come to this small chapel hidden away in an alleyway known as Subida de San José, close by the Carcamanes alley.

Originally, it was probably a chapel of the hospital for the Mazahua Indians founded in the sixteenth century. The church architecture has been modified a number of times in line with the fashion of each period, most recently in the twentieth century.

You can stand at the entrance to the chapel and look out over some of the most interesting corners of the town, such as the fountain built into the wall of the Templo de la Compañía, the church itself and a section of the University of Guanajuato and, looking upward, a panorama of multicolored buildings and alleyways that has been an inspiration to artists, visitors and lovers of Guanajuato.

From here, it is just a short walk to the Plazuela del Baratillo and then on into the heart of the city.