Perfect Day: Discovering Historic Houses
By Jade Arroyo
Celebrating Mexico and its independence this month, these are some of the building in town that exudes history among its walls. Some of them are open to the public, others aren’t, but can be seen from outside. Your visit won’t be complete until you get a glance of them. Enjoy!
Colegio San Francisco de Sales Plaza Cívica, Mesones
Founded in 1734, was converted into a center for philosophy and liberal ideas, producing famous students like Allende and the Aldama brothers. The University of León began classes in 2003.
Casa Aldama San Francisco 5
Brothers Aldama were born here. The property became the town’s local cinema; it was abandoned until sold.
Casa de las Conspiraciones Plaza Principal and Relox
This house was where San Miguel conspirators gathered to plan the insurrection against the Spanish.
Las Casas Reales (Old Presidencia Building) Plaza Principal
This is where the pre-Independence City Council met. Several Spanish residents locked themselves in the building from mobs of Insurgents.
Casa De la Canal Hidalgo and Canal
Built between 1720 and 1730 by Don Manuel Tomás de la Canal. Currently belongs to Banamex bank and houses the museum Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal.
Casa de Allende Umarán & Cuna de Allende
Built between 1760 and 1762. Independence hero Ignacio Allende was born there. Now houses the city museum.
Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel
The original church dates from 1688 and the current façade around 1876. Allende and Aldama brother were baptized here. Father Miguel Hidalgo celebrated a mass in 1784.
Casa de Loja Calle Sollano 4
The house of Spanish city councilor Count Loja, the father of the Landeta family. This building is currently XESQ Radio San Miguel.
San Juan de Dios Cemetery San Antonio Abad
Built in 1782 by Father Joaquín Hidalgo y Costilla,(brother of Miguel Hidalgo). Some guerrilla fighters lie at the cemetery.