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Dolores Hidalgo

Visit José Alfredo Jiménez’s house and grave, learn more about Mexico’s Independence in museums, and try the extraordinary artisanal sorbets.

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What Makes It Magical

Close to the Río Laja is the town of Dolores, the town where José Alfredo Jiménez was born. Here, the days are made of sorbet stands in the main garden and majolica ceramic objects piled up in the handicrafts market. This is also the place where the priest Miguel Hidalgo once lived, the man of libertarian ideas that took up arms against New Spain at the start of the 19th century. The story of those days is now memorialized in the town’s museums, buildings and streets

Why You Should Go

Its Role in History

  • Here, on September 16th 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rebelled against the bad governance of New Spain.
  • The place where he raised his voice was the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, built between 1712 and 1778.
  • The space in which the priest lived, the Casa del Diezmo, is today the Museo Casa de Hidalgo and you can see his belongings exhibited here.

At the Very Least

The Museo de la Independencia Nacional displays weapons, documents, and small recreations of the independence movement. 

Don’t Miss

  1. Visit, in the municipal cemetery, the José Alfredo Jiménez Mausoleum, built with colorful mosaics.
  2. Go to the two old cantinas (pubs) El Incendio and La Hiedra where it feels as though time has stopped.
  3. Try the borrachita and garambullo sorbets, made with regional fruits.