Hacienda del Cochero – Guanajuato, Mexico - Atlas Obscura

Guanajuato, Mexico

Hacienda del Cochero

Peaceful gardens hide an underground torture museum. 

These peaceful gardens offer picturesque views of mountains cloaked in lush greenery. While exploring the stone paths that wind through the space, you’re surrounded by leafy trees and vibrant, colorful flowers. The gorgeous surroundings leave few hints about the gruesome terrors lurking below the surface.

Head into the tunnel-like entrance that goes underneath the gardens and you’ll find a museum full of creepy displays. Its dark, maze-like network of passageways lead to humid chambers full of various torture devices. You’ll easily spot items like chastity belts, cages, and guillotines within the dank space. The skeleton chained to the wall is a gruesome reminder of the events that supposedly took place within these dungeons.

According to the museum, this hacienda served a dark purpose during the Spanish Inquisition. The invading Spaniards allegedly held the natives captive within the subterranean rooms and tortured them until they renounced their religious beliefs and converted to Christianity. Those accused of breaking the law, no matter how small a misdemeanor, were confined and tortured as well.

Holographic pictures, dim lighting, and the tour guides dressed in monk robes add an extra dose of eeriness to the already spooky experience. There are also some old and interesting photos that show the ladies of a local beauty contest posing with mummies.

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Sometimes the owner of the hacienda is on the property and talks with the visitors.