Quick Locator, Historic Places
Here is a quick glance at places you may want to visit more thoroughly. (Alphabetical order)
Bellas Artes - Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante” .Became an arts center in 1939 after serving as a religious life structure for centuries. See a practically finished David Alfaro Siqueiros mural and find active arts courses. (Walk 3)
Oratory of San Felipe Neri.
Known for its ornate décor, including gilded altars and walls. Also contains an important chapel dedicated by the Canal family in 1735 as a replica of the Santa Casa in Italy. (Walk 9)
Casa Mayorazgo de la Canal.
See a portion of this historic home, which now houses the project Casa Señoriales Banamex with a gallery, video room and book and crafts store featuring the best of Mexico. (Walk 3)
Paseo del Chorro.
A winding road just up the block (hill) from Parque Benito Juárez with Casa de la Cultura at the top, which used to house the city’s waterworks and were the site of the springs which became the location to begin the foundation of the city. (Walk 2)
Jésus Nazareno de Atotonilco Sanctuary
Founded in 1748 as a place of safety, pilgrimage and penance. Fray Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro’s biblical and historical teachings were painted on the ceilings and walls by a native son, A. Pocasangre. Sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico”. Also known for an historic role in Mexico’s independence movement from Spain.
Immaculate Conception Church (Las Monjas).
This stately church’s dome was inspired by Des Invalides in Paris when designed by Zeferino Gutiérrez. (Walk 3)
Office of the Tourism Council of San Miguel.
The town jail was located here for decades. It’s more fun to visit now and get helpful advise on your visit to the city and area. (Walk 4)
Parque Benito Juárez.
Created in the early 20th century and revived during its recent 100 year anniversary. Enjoyable for shaded, wide pathways in the French tradition, yet still lively with a basketball court and exercisers and dog-walkers.
Casa de Allende Museum.
See the history of the town and area in what was the family home of native son, revolutionary hero, Ignacio Allende, housed in this baroque period mansion. (Walk 1)
San Miguel Archangel Parroquia.
The iconic symbol of San Miguel, whose inspired gothic façade was an addition by mason Zeferino Gutiérrez in the late 1800’s. Religious art inside. (Walk 1)
Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Salud.
See the ancient symbol for the omnipresence of God (eye in triangle) as you enter under the seashell façade of this 18th century edifice built with the support of Fray Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro (see Santuario de Jésus Nazareno de Atotonilco). (Walk 9)
San Francisco Church.
A mix of churrigueresque and neoclas-sical styles, begun in 1778 and completed over two decades later. (Walk 3)