Today I want to show you the peculiar Mausoleum of singer José Alfredo Jiménez, in Dolores Hidalgo, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Probably many will not hear the name of the mythical Mexican interpreter José Alfredo Jiménez, but surely everyone will know his most mythical songs like El Rey, Camino de Guanajuato, La Media Vuelta or If they let us, popularized by himself and by many other interpreters.
José Alfredo Jiménez Sandoval, was a Mexican singer-songwriter who became world famous for creating a large number of themes of the Mexican genre, mainly ranchera and corridos accompanied by mariachi bands.
The cemetery or Municipal Pantheon
In the Pantheon of the city of Dolores Hidalgo Cradle of National Independence, the remains of the great ranchera music idol are housed in a Mausoleum that is very peculiar for its size and format to the European visitor.
With form of gigantic Mexican hat, his tomb is a place of pilgrimage and even a party, in that particular way of understanding death that Mexicans have. The inhabitants of Dolores Hidalgo are very proud of their famous interpreter.
Thus, they do not hesitate to visit the cemetery on horseback, organize musical festivals in his honor inside the cemetery and drinking and singing his songs as if he were in a party place. (Some were even armed with their pistols, probably ornamental, but we didn’t want to ask)
Under the hat, the inscription Life is worthless, part of the lyrics of his song Camino de Guanajuato, is premonitory. On the sides of the hat, a zarape or long blanket or scarf made with a mosaic of many colorsRemember the title of many of his songs.
Before having that monument, the singer was buried in a simple grave, until his son-in-law, the architect Javier Senosiain, designed this grave, which was inaugurated on November 23, 1998, on the 25th anniversary of his death.
The Pantheon with the Mausoleum, is located 15 minutes from the center of Dolores Hidalgo. Admission is free and inside the pantheon you can follow the explanations of a guide who will explain how the life of the singer was, and you can also find who you are. lend a hat and a zarape so you can take a photo set as a charro, next to the grave of the popular musician.
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