Unveiled in 1939, this enormous sandstone statue designed by Juan Fernando Olaguíbel and built by Augusto Gutiérrez represents the miner Juan José Martínez, better known as El Pípila. It shows him advancing with a torch in his right hand over a plinth bearing the inscription “…there are still more Alhóndigas to burn”.
The monument stands above a terrace marked off by a balustrade. From this observation point, you have the most magnificent view of Guanajuato city spread out below you.
In the rear of the plinth is an entrance leading to a staircase that takes you to the top of the monument.
The entrance is framed by two columns topped by a Doric frieze and above which sits a relief of the coat of arms of Santa Fe de Guanajuato surrounded by garlands and flanked by striated pilasters.
Today, the monument is, without a doubt, an integral part of the Guanajuato landscape and an unmissable part of your visit.