Architectural Walking Tour and the Day of the Dead

By Betse Davies

Jay Moskowitz and Doug Lord will be leading the Architectural Walking Tours of the downtown area October 15. Meet you in the Jardin across from the Parroquia at 10am. The tour will last about two and a half hours and consist of mostly level walking. Your donation goes to support Patronato Pro Niños.

Tour
Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Oct 15, 10am
Meet in the Jardin
Across the street from the Parroquia
Betse Davies, 152 2380
250 pesos donation

This tour has a direct connection with the Day of the Dead. After the destruction of many pagan temples atop pyramids, Mexico ceased to have its own styles of architecture. Today, you can see decorations on many of the buildings, particularly on the façade of the Parroquia, which hark back to those ancient times; the style is called tequitqui. The unique traditions of the Day of the Dead also go back to those ancient times. They were observed long before Christianity came to Mexico.

The guides will also point out the different styles of European architecture.

Some of the buildings illustrate the transition from one style to another with elements of both styles visible.

These knowledgeable guides are volunteers who believe in the mission of Patronato Pro Niños. Our regular historical walking tour guides are steeped in the history of San Miguel de Allende and they conduct tours Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for small groups meeting in the Jardín at 9:45am and leaving for the tour at 10am. The donation for those tours is 200 pesos and, again, all proceeds go to improve the health of children of the entire area. Three dental vans go out to the rural communities on a daily basis. In addition, there is a dentist working in the Patronato building here in town.

 

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