Mexico City and the High Central Plateau, January 2009

San Miguel de Allende

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


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June 25, 2009                                                                                                                                                               wgfm

San Miguel de Allende was founded in 1542 and grew as a supply center on the silver route, the Antiguo Camino Real.  Its mild climate, thermal springs and old colonial architecture have made it popular with Americans for a long time. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Just like other Mexican cities, San Miguel has many churches.  Its 19th century church, “La Parroquia”, has a spire that was inspired by postcards of Gothic churches that its unschooled builder had seen.

The cobblestone streets are lined with fine houses.  Many have become hotels and restaurants.

Though the holidays had passed, San Miguel had not lost its festive spirit.  The Mercado de Artesanias has produce and arts and crafts that were made locally.

Ten kilometers north of San Miguel is the religious citadel, the Santuario de Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco, which was begun in 1742.  It has been called the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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