|Upper level living room|
|Outer facade, yes this is where Antonio plays his guitar in the opening of "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"|
|All the rooms boasted of hand painted wallpaper|
|My favorite mural|
|Typical work area of a hacienda|
|Olive tree brought over by the first owner|
|interior stair to upper floor|
Now, I need to see the movie Zorro, again. This appears to be a Chinese restaurant in some kind of China Town.
|Walls painted red, movie people.|
|Sometimes hard to tell the real from the movie, they did many changes.|
|Movie set for Zorro, town square|
The movie people repainted the church, the guy who opened the church for us showed us the only original wall. You could not see much. Was this the ways it was in the 1600's? It looked authentic enough.
The original working hacienda
|fence blocking a stair to the underground level|
|Notice it had three levels at one time|
I loved the shadows in this area. At first I thought, several swimming pools. Most likely this was part of the ore processing pools, or even dying pools of the textile plant. Will find out more on the next trip.
I do apologize for not photographing the most fancy of both of the haciendas. I missed the grand stair of Berrios with its painted sky in the large boveda above. Was it that all of this turned me off? I later began to think of why, and realized I felt sorry for the buildings. That grand display of wealth, the throwing away of money, and at the expense of people who lived on the land as slaves, sort of does make me sick. The revolution came, and the grand building suffered. They crumbled, rotted away, while the only hope of continuance is to rent them out for movies? At Berrios, its integrity was honored. At Gogorron, looks like no one cared what they did to the buildings, nor asked them to return it to its origin. Now, the movie set is in ruins. Each is owned privately, so what happens to each hacienda is up to the owner. Some the public can get into, yet very few have been given to the government for museums. I heard there are over 400 haciendas in Guanajuato alone, most never open to the public. History lost, or not?