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The Best of Happy Accidents on the Architectural Tour

By Jerry Davis

Coincidexcellence is a word that hardly needs to be defined, and the architecture of San Miguel is a good example of several coincidences with excellent results. You can discover the best of these happy accidents on the Architectural Tour on March 19. Patronato Pro Niños invites you to join the two-plus hour tour in front of La Parroquia in the Jardín at 10am.

Walking Tour
To benefit Patronato Pro Niños
Thu, Mar 19 and Thu, Mar 26, 10am
In front of La Parroquia
150 pesos

Poverty is one of several reasons why San Miguel has so many good examples of all of the styles of architecture popular in Mexico during the last 500 years. Once one of the wealthiest cities in Mexico, even larger and more prosperous than New York in 1790, our city fell into the economic doldrums by 1910. Many old buildings were abandoned and neglected, their roofs fell in, and cactus growing on the walls overlooked empty spaces that were once busy homes and businesses. There was no money and so remodeling and modernization were out of the question. In many ways poverty is the best preservationist.

On the tour your trained guide will explain the other factors that have resulted in preserving and enhancing San Miguel’s historic center. And your donation will ensure that children in need will receive the medical and dental treatment that they require. This is a win-win situation where your knowledge and appreciation for San Miguel is enhanced and some of the 23,000 treatments per year that the Patronato provides are financed. For information, contact Betse Davies at 152 2380.


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