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Treat Yourself to a Unique Architecture Walking Tour

By Betse Davies

“Unique” is the right word. This is the only town in Mexico where the entire downtown area is made up of really old buildings with one exception. We are talking about several hundred-year-old buildings that figured in the 1810 revolution against Spain. Certainly, the uses of the buildings have changed over the many years, and newer buildings have popped up on the fringes of El Centro. This is an eye-opening tour.

Architecture Walking Tour
Thu, Dec 17, 10am
Meet at Jardin across from Parroquia
152 2380 Betse Davies
250 peso donation

Leading this once-a-month tour will be Jay Moskowitz and Doug Lord. Both are experts at explaining the different styles of architecture you’ll see from the earliest house with few windows, found on the corner of San Francisco and the Jardin, to two fine Mexican modern structures on the outskirts of downtown.

Your entire 250-peso donation supports the work of Patronato Pro Niños, which provides medical and dental care to the needy children of San Miguel and the large rural area surrounding the city. We have three dental vans which travel to the rural areas serving the 450 villages on a regular basis. Each area knows when the vans are coming by tuning into our local radio program. We also have a small health center in Fracc. Ignacio Ramirez. There you will find another dental office and a doctor. To assist with children’s mental health problems, Patronato recently hired Cara Espinosa, a psychologist.

The tour is Thursday, December 17. The guides will meet you in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia. The tour lasts two and a half hours and is mostly level walking. In addition to the monthly architecture tour we offer historical walking tours covering the downtown area every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And, yes, even on Christmas Day, though many of the buildings are closed. However, you will get interesting information about Mexican Christmas customs and traditions along the way. The groups meet at 9:45am in the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia and leave promptly at 10am. The tours last about two and a half hours on a mostly level route. The donation for this comprehensive tour is 200 pesos. All guides are volunteers for Patronato Pro Niños.


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