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Allende to return to the traffic circle

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

It has been almost two years since the municipal government removed the statues of the independence heroes from the traffic circle “Glorieta de los Héroes,” and finally the city council has decided to start building the project that took fourth place in a national contest sponsored by the municipal government. The project includes a wall and a 16-meter-high statue of Ignacio Allende. The names of the 60 conspirators will be included in the design. Work on the monument is planned to be concluded in less than two months.

On January 21, 2006, former mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal inaugurated the Glorieta de los Heroes to commemorate the Independence hero Ignacio Allende, which also included statues of Hidalgo, the Aldama brothers, Josefa Ortiz and Saint Michael the Archangel. According to Mayor Luz María Núñez, the monument was controversial because the figures were disproportionate in size. For that reason, in 2010 the local government decided to take down the sculptures, which were replaced by a likeness of Allende’s head. That project was controversial, too, and it was moved in December 2010 to the Puente Bicentenario on Calzada de la Estación.

In February 2011, the municipality called for proposals for monuments for the traffic circle and received 19 submissions. The winning project was “The Guardians,” but at the end of February 2011, when Mayor Núñez got the financial resources for the construction, the city councilors did not want it built, and in a press conference they proposed consulting the public to let the citizens decide which project was best.

Finally, on Saturday, July 7, construction at the traffic circle located at Salida a Querétaro and the road to Dr. Mora began. According to the director of Urban Development, Édgar Bautista, the project will have two basic elements: a wall measuring 19 meters long and 50 meters high displaying the names of the 60 conspirators, along with elements that will identify San Miguel as a World Heritage site. The second main element will be a statue of Allende shown during the battle for independence. The sculpture will be made of bronze by the Puebla artist Pablo Rafael Orta Sánchez, who has worked on several monuments in different World Heritage cities in Mexico. The monument will cost approximately 4 million pesos.

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