Dolores Hidalgo is the birthplace of the Mexican Revolution. It is a compact town with a pretty plaza, interesting museums, a relaxed ambience and an important history.
At 5am on September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo, the parish priest, rang the bells to summon people to church earlier than usual and issued his call to arms—the Grito de Dolores, also known as the Grito de Independencia.
Getting to Dolores Hidalgo is an adventure. Driving through the winding mountainous roads to get there, you wonder at the beauty but once you arrive, it is as though you have set foot into another time.
When you enter the town, one of the first things you will see is a large statue of the town's namesake. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is the man credited with launching the independence movement that led to the Mexican Revolution. He is an acclaimed hero, honored by almost all Mexicans, and has no peer. You will hear about the "Grito de Dolores," which is his yell of "Mexicanos, viva Mexico!" September 16th is Mexico's Independence Day. Across from the park is a huge church called the Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Dolores. This church is considered to be a historical monument, as Father Hidalgo gave his call to independence from this very site. If you are interested in learning more about Hidalgo's role in Mexican Independence, head over to the Museo de la Independencia Nacional, which as its name implies, gives the traveler information about the independence movement.
At 50,000 people, Dolores Hidalgo is a charming place that is well worth the scenic drive to get there. It is one of the most relaxing places in Mexico that I have been, and there is plenty to enjoy in this mountainous village.
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