The Architecture Walking Tour Ushers in 2016

By Betse Davies

One more year has been added to the illustrious past of the handsome buildings in the center of San Miguel. But what’s that to them? Nothing will change except the uses of those buildings. Maybe a repair here and there, which is normal in the aging process of 300 years and more. Much is expected of them—they are almost totally responsible for the uniqueness of San Miguel. They have their story to tell, and on Thursday, January 21, at 10 am, you can hear some of those stories on our monthly Architectural Walking Tour, which will be led by Jay Moskowitz. Jay’s tour will proceed over mostly level ground to various locations in the downtown area for two and a half hours. Jay will point out the different styles of architecture introduced from European countries over the last 400 years. The colonial government of Mexico dictated changes in styles. However, architects were slow to respond, so you can observe transition buildings with some elements from the older style and others from the new official style.

Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Jan 21, 10am
Meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia
Betse Davies, 152 2380
250 peso donation

On the fringe of El Centro, you will see two buildings of the new Mexican Modern style that are strikingly different from their neighbors. They are “the new kids on the block.” All of this tour will add a new dimension to San Miguel and help you gain an appreciation for what makes the town truly unique. The donation for this special tour is 250 pesos. Since the number of participants is limited, I would advise you to be in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia early.

By taking this tour, you will aid the Patronato Pro Niños organization, which provides medical and dental care to the needy children not only in the town, but in the some 450 rural areas surrounding San Miguel. All of our guides are English-speaking volunteers.

Our regular Historical Walking Tour guides, who are steeped in the history of San Miguel, conduct tours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They will meet you in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia at 9:45 and leave promptly at 10am for the tour. There are enough guides to ensure small groups. The donation for this tour is 200 pesos.

 

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