De Sopena 10, Zona Centro, C.P. 36000, Guanajuato, Gto.
This theater is regarded as one of the most beautiful of its kind in Mexico and a symbol of great historical, cultural and urbanistic value. The building’s facade is an architectural icon of the city; it showcases nine bronze statues atop its roof, representing each discipline of the arts. The statues were sculpted after the daughters of the Greek god Zeus, also known as ‘The Muses’.
The theater was edified on grounds that once belonged to the ‘San Diego de Alcalá’ nunnery.
Antonio Rivas Mercado, Alberto Malo and Jesus Contreras were the architects tasked with designing the theater, resulting in a captivating combination of neo-classic, Mozarabic and French architecture.
This venue has hosted events for the Festival Internacional Cervantino since 1972, presenting orchestral music, opera, dance and performances from international artists.
Opens Tuesday through Sunday. Venue tours from 10:00 to 18:00. Tickets sold from 10:00 to 13:45 and 17:00 to 19:45 hrs.
Right beside ‘Teatro Juárez’ you’ll find the very peculiar ‘Ex-Convento Dieguino’ museum, an underground museum bearing witness to the city that once was but is no more, a former nunnery buried under the streets of Guanajuato city. This museum preserves vestiges of the building it once was, such as a section of the courtyard’s cloister (a covered walkway) and a sacristy. Check out the art exhibits at display in this unique place.