The Parroquia and 400 Years of Architecture in San Miguel
By Betse Davies
Doug Lord will be leading the monthly downtown architecture tour on Thursday, August 20 at 10am. Featured will be the Parroquia and buildings illustrating the major periods of architectural styles that have prevailed in the last 400 years. So precious is this collection, that the federal government enacted in 1982 strict laws protecting the buildings in the downtown area. This action had much to do with the designation of this area as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Aug 20, 10am
Meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia
Our principal church, the Parroquia, was a modest, undistinguished building until the 1880s when native son Zeferino Gutiérrez transformed it into perhaps the most photographed building in Mexico. The story of this self-taught Indian artisan is unusual and you can learn more fascinating details on the tour. During the rest of the tour you will see examples of baroque, neo-classical, and other building styles, clear up to the Mexican modern of today.
The tour will last about two and a half hours and the walking is over a gentle terrain. Your 250 pesos donation supports the work of Patronato Pro Niños, the 42-year-old organization that provides medical and dental care for the needy children of not only the city of San Miguel, but also the large rural area surrounding it.