Postcard from Guanajuato, Mexico: Mines funded ex hacienda

A 15th-century gilded sculptural altar from Spain covers one wall of a chapel at the Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera on the outskirts of Guanajuato toward Marfil. Enriched by his family’s mining interests, Captain Gabriel de Barrera built a compound of haciendas and gardens at the end of the 17th century.

In addition to the main house were chapels, stables, aqueducts, chapels and housing for laborers. While some of remaining tall rock walls are now roofless, the main casa was turned into a house museum in 1979.

Wandering the landscaped grounds leaves little doubt the ex hacienda is now a popular spot for destination weddings.

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