Two Experts Lead March Architectural Walking Tours

By Betse Davies

Jay Moskowitz and Doug Lord will lead two Architectural Tours on Thursday, March 17, at 10am. The groups will meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia. The donation for this special tour goes directly to the work of Patronato Pro Niños, which provides medical, dental, and psychological services for the needy children of San Miguel and the surrounding rural area with 500 communities. This tour is mostly level walking and lasts no longer than 2½ hours, as do our Historical Walking Tours.

Architectural Tour
With Jay Moskowitz and Doug Lord
To benefit Patronato Pro Niños
Thu, Mar 17, 10am
El Jardín in front of the Parroquia
250 pesos donation

You can expect a lot from these tours. They cover the downtown area which has been left pristinely pure through laws put in place 90 years ago, when the government finally realized that this was the only town of historical importance in which all the buildings were still standing. There is one major exception: can you pick it out on the perimeter of the Jardin? Look for cortinas (in this case, stone curtains) on the third floor windows of this building, which are typical of the historical Baroque style. Cortinas were not restricted to this style; you will see them on many classic designs. That’s how popular they became!

Jay and Doug will point out the different styles of architecture imported from European countries over the last 400 years. The colonial government of Mexico dictated the changes, which had been developed by European architectural schools of various kings and queens wishing to reflect their own ideas of design. In large part, the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site has to do with the preservation of its architecture. There are a few Mexican Modern buildings outside of El Centro, and this distinctive style is included in the tour. You will develop a deeper appreciation of the uniqueness of San Miguel after taking this tour.

Our regular Historical Walking Tour guides are experts on the town’s history. We have been offering these tours for the last 25 years. All of our guides are English-speaking volunteers for Patronato Pro Ninos. These tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The donation for this tour is 200 pesos. There will be enough guides to ensure small groups. This month there will be no tour on Good Friday, March 25. Many religious events take place that day in the ten-block area in the center of town that we cover on the tour.

If you prefer a private tour, call or email Lily at info@patronatoproninos.org. The office phone is 152 7796. Allow at least several days to arrange your tour. The donation for the private Historical Tour is 250 pesos for each person with a minimum of 1,000 pesos for one to four persons. The private Architectural Tour donation is 300 pesos with a minimum of 1,200 pesos for one to four persons.

 

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