The construction of the Cathedral Basilica Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato began in 1671 and was completed 25 years later, sponsored by miners in the area. It was upgraded to a Basilica in 1957.
This temple has an impressive Baroque dome that stands out from the rest of the work. The cathedral also houses a virgin that has become the patron and queen of the city.
On August 8, 1557, this virgin was donated by King Carlos I and his son Felipe II to the people of Guanajuato as a form of recognition of its mining success.
The image is a wooden sculpture of the virgin and child, with a embossed silver dais as a base. The temple has three entrances, a belfry with three towers, and another tower of Churrigueresque style.
Part of the church is dedicated to the patron saint of miners, San Nicolas Tolentino.