Journeying through San Miguel history
By Sandra Rios
If you want to have a memorable and significant experience through the history, art, revealed and not yet discovered secrets of San Miguel, we recommend a special tour to you. Alberto Aveleyra, an anthropologist with over 10 years experience as a guide, researcher, writer, founder and director of “Artisans of Time,” a project for cultural management research and dissemination, guided us throughout this fascinating experience.
We started our tour at the Instituto Allende with its beautiful murals that tell of the synchronicity between cultures in an eclectic vision. Then we walked through Parque Juárez, learning about its origins before becoming a French-style park. We climbed towards El Lavadero, heading up to El Chorro to discover history-laden sculptures of the Guadalupana, Juan Diego and an eagle perched on a cactus. Along the way, Aveleyra shared historical accounts, legends and some research, both confirmed and in process. Later, we took a look at the chapel of Our Lady of Loreto at El Oratorio and then visited the building which once was the Colegio de San Francisco de Sales (now the University of León). Here they taught the French philosophy of Montesquieu, Voltaire and Rousseau, prohibited at the time. This is where Allende and the Aldama brothers are supposed to have gone to school. The political ideas promoted at this school may have assisted in the conception of the Mexican War of Independence. We continued on to the Temple of Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health) and learned the fascinating story of its founder, Father Felipe Neri de Alfaro. We ended our tour at Bellas Artes, originally part of the Immaculate Conception Convent (known as Las Monjas), where we learned about its architecture. Among other events of great cultural and social significance, Diego Rivera gave lectures in 1939, and David Alfaro Siqueiros created fantastic murals expressing prospects and movements in Mexico.
Tours: Tues and Wed
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