The Casa de Cultura Alfonso Reyes is a major cultural center in the Vista Alegre neighborhood. On the edge of the Parque El Pípila, the cultural center is in a building from 1952 that was later adapted to house it.
With an average monthly visitation of about 450 guests, it’s been active since 1988. The El Pípila Forum frequently holds events in the park. The center also maintains nine workshop rooms, exhibition galleries, and facilities for dance and music.
- Alfonso Reyes Ochoa (1889–1959) was a Mexican writer, philosopher and diplomat. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times. Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges referred to Reyes as “the greatest prose writer in the Spanish language of any age.”
- El Pípila, for whom the park is named, and also the cultural forum of the center, was an independence war hero. Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro (1782–1863), was a miner from Guanajuato. He was famous for an act of heroism near the very beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, in 1810. The Spanish had barricaded themselves in a grain warehouse, a fortress with high stone walls. With a long, flat stone tied to his back to protect him from the Spanish muskets, Pípila set the door on fire with burning tar. The insurgents stormed inside and dealt a serious early blow to the royalists. Pípila remains a national hero, especially in Guanajuato.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Free admission