in the central mountain highlands of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende
is one of central Mexico's legendary silver cities. It's about 200
miles northwest of Mexico City and also about 200 miles northeast
of Guadalajara. At an altitude of about 6,400 feet, it enjoys a
pleasant climate most of the year. San Miguel's charming colonial
atmosphere is now strictly protected by federal historic preservation.
town of San Miguel became San Miguel de Allende in honor of her
native son, Ignacio Allende, who was one of the leaders of the war
for Independence in 1810. The city lies at the edge of a mountain
basin with Guanajuanto over the mountains on the opposite side of
the rim to the west. Most of the streets are flat pavers or cobblestones.
The Zocalo, or the Jardin as it is commonly called, is the Plaza
Allende which is the center of the town's activities. As you walk
the cobbled residential streets, you may see what looks like rather
unkempt looking facades. Many often hide beautiful courtyards and
Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel offers a house and garden tour
every Sunday at 11:30 AM, which allows you to get behind three of
the many facades and see some of the wonderful homes of the city.
This tour is organized and conducted by local residents from the
US and Canada. The tour costs $150 pesos and lasts about 2 hours.
All of the proceeds from the tours go to assist in the education
of San Miguel's rural poor children.
Terrazas San Miguel is on Calle Santo Domingo just four blocks up
the cobble stoned street bordering El Jardin in front of the Parroquia
de San Miguel Archangel, the famous pink parish church with dominates
are over 20 Roman Catholic churches throughout San Miguel—often
adorned with gladiolas but there are also places of worship for
those of other faiths.
city is also known for its art and language schools. El Instituto
Allende and La Academia Hispano Americana are among the leading
schools in San Miguel. El Instituto Allende and La Academia along
with several other schools offer comprehensive courses in Spanish.
addition to the special schools you will find quite a few art galleries
around the center.
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and Events in San Miguel de Allende — 2008