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Legend of the Lane of the Kiss in Guanajuato

The urban legends of Guanajuato

Legends often add an enchanting layer to the history and culture of cities.

These tales, passed down through generations, hold the power to transport us to bygone eras and captivate our imaginations. The city of Guanajuato, with its rich past, is a treasure trove of such folklore and myths.

Legends of Guanajuato, often weave intricate stories around prominent landmarks, ancient events, and historical figures. These narratives can range from the eerie and mysterious to the heartwarming and inspiring.

One of the most famous streets in Guanajuato City is the Callejon del Beso or Kissing Lane. The street is named so because it is narrow enough to allow a loving couple to kiss from the windows on opposite sides.

El Callejon Del Beso (The Lane of the Kiss)

This is the sad love story of two young people who lived and died in Guanajuato.

Carmen was beautiful, and pure, like an angel, about 20 years old. Luis was handsome, about 28 years old, tanned, tall, with an arrogant demeanor, endowed with the best moral qualities, hardworking and honest.

Once Luis and Carmen met each other, and as soon as they saw each other, they fell in love. From that moment on, Luis often went to Carmen’s house in the evenings after work.

She stood on her balcony with the same feelings, with large and expressive eyes, in a beautiful and unique Manila dress that her father gave her, so when Luis passed by her house, she gave him a beautiful smile.

Thus weeks passed before Louis dared to greet her, and she accepted his greeting with a gentle smile. The next day he started a conversation, at first shy, but polite, and then, loving phrases and promises.

They quickly began to think about a big wedding.

Carmen’s mother, a virtuous and worthy mother accepted the relationship between her daughter Carmen and Luis. But Carmen’s father was already planning to marry Ana to his rich friend, who lived in Spain.

One day, Carmen’s father saw the two lovers talking and forbade Luis from seeing his daughter. He threatened to send Carmen to a convent. But the young couple decided to continue the relationship secretly.

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Luis planned to rent a room in a nearby house that had a balcony in front of hers where they could talk without being seen so they could plan a way to escape and be happy. So the weeks passed, hiding their encounters.

They only looked at each other from their balconies while Carmen’s father slept.

Unfortunately, soon tragedy struck. One night, Carmen’s father woke up, took a knife and, in a blind rage, walked up to his daughter’s balcony. He caught his daughter by surprise and plunged the knife into her chest.

Carmen died in the arms of Luis in the white moonlight. Louis took his beloved’s white hand, and two tears fell down it. With a deep kiss, Louis said goodbye to his eternal love, who died on Callejon del Beso (Kissing Lane).

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