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Guanajuato

''Guanajuato is the name of a city and a state in Mexico. This article is about the city. For the state, see: State of Guanajuato.


The city of Guanajuato is the capital of the state of the same name. It is located at 21.02N 101.28W, 370 km (230 miles) northwest of Mexico City, at an elevation of #### m (6,550 ft) above sea level. The estimated population in 2003 was about 78,000 people.

Guanajuato was founded as a town in 1554 and received the designation as a city in 1741. The city is well known for its wealth of fine colonial era Spanish architecture.

In the Panteon catacombs to the west of the city is a famous burial ground noted for the natural mummies produced by the conditions there.

The city of Guanajuato was the birthplace of artist Diego Rivera.

Each October the city holds the Cervantino, a festival of the arts named after Miguel de Cervantes.