From Corner to Corner
By Karen Ocampo
In San Miguel there are particular places¾plazas, parks, buildings¾with a great history that turns them into emblems of the city, symbols for us as residents of this magical place. In honor of their stories, we will quickly cross off some of the most important corners of the city. Take a look:
Mirador de San Miguel de Allende
This location was donated to the city by President General Lázaro Cardenas. From this overlook, you can enjoy one the most splendid views of the city.
This place to view the city is located on the Libramiento Manuel Zavala, and although it is not as popular as the first one, it is amazing. Even if you can’t stop to see the city, you can get a glimpse as a passenger in a car. Just be sure to sit on side nearest to the city, and get ready for a breathtaking view.
This park serves as the lungs of the city. Thanks to Dr. Hernández Macías, the construction began in 1895, but it wasn’t until 1904 that it was finally inaugurated in honor of Governor Joaquín Obregón. It was later named after President Benito Juárez, when he passed away in July 1917. Walk its cool, refreshing paths, morning or afternoon—at every moment it is a good place to wander aimlessly.
Convento de la Inmaculada Concepción (Las Monjas) (corner of Canal and Hernández Macías)
This convent, and its church, was built in 1842, and its dome was designed and added in 1891 by Zeferino Gutiérrez. Inside you can see paintings by Miguel Cabrera.
El Nigromante—El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (calle Hernández Macías)
The building was part of the Convento de Las Monjas in 1755 and was inaugurated 10 years later. It served different purposes until 1938, and then the Ministry of National Assets ceded the property to the School of Fine Arts. After 30 years it became known as Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante.”
Teatro Angela Peralta (corner of Mesones and Hernández Macías)
In 1871, under the initiative of several San Miguel institutions and personalities¾such as intellectuals, professionals, the administrator of rent at City Hall and Municipal Treasury, and more¾this glamorous theater was built. It was inaugurated on May 20, 1873, in the presence of the opera singer, Ángela Peralta
San Francisco Church (corner of San Francisco and Juárez)
Many come to admire the magnificent façade of the San Francisco Church and its ornate Churrigueresque style. The church boasts numerous pilasters, a remarkable neoclassical tower, and a dome attributed to architect Francisco Tresguerras.
Jardín Principal and Parroquia
Finally, stop at the main garden square and take a seat to contemplate to the great parish church of San Miguel Archangel. Possibly the most visible symbol of the city, it was built in the late seventeenth century. The newer façade was designed by master Zeferino Gutiérrez and superimposed on the older church around 1880. This is an image that will remain in your memory!