Like many of the world’s classic love stories this one is a tale of forbidden love that ends in tragedy. The legend of Alley of the Kiss (Callejon del Beso) in Guanajuato, Mexico begins with the daughter of a wealthy man who fell in love with a suitor her father did not condone. The over protective matriarch made plans to send her to Spain to marry a much older and well to do mate. The young suitor hatched a plan of his own and bought the house directly across from his love in the lane pictured on the right. This way he could be close to her and thought he could convince her father he was worthy.
The two star-crossed lovers committed their final act of love in the narrow alley. They leaned out of their windows and reached across to hold hands. Her father caught them, flew into a rage and plunged a dagger into his daughter’s chest. Some versions of the legend maintain her lover kissed her hand as she died, while others paint a picture of the two caught kissing.
Today tourists line up to take photos of the alley. Tour guides encourage couples to kiss on the staircase below the balconies where the ill-fated couple held hands more than 200 years ago.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Here is a previous post on Guanajuato.