Patronato Pro Niños Presents Two Types of Walking Tours, Architectural and Historical
By Betse Davies
On Thursday, May 19, Doug Lord will lead the monthly Architectural Tour while an assortment of English-speaking guides, experts on the town’s history, will walk you through the unique history of this town every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of May. It’s sort of like Boston, where many events led up to the battle with Britain for freedom. Here, too, the start of the 11-year war of independence—Mexicans versus their Spanish masters—occurred. The difference between the two cities is that in San Miguel de Allende all the buildings figuring in the action are still standing more than 200 years later. More than just history figures in this tour. You will visit Bellas Artes and see Siqueiros’ unfinished mural of the life of Ignacio Allende as well as experience the Parroquia, the parish church. Its neo-Gothic façade is the hallmark of San Miguel. The donation for this historical tour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is 200 pesos.
Architectural and Historic Walking Tours
Thu, May 19, 9:45am
Meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia
250 peso donation for Architecture tour, 200 pesos for Historical tour
Those 1810 buildings and other colonial edifices in El Centro are the subject of the Architectural Walking Tour. Doug will point out the different styles of architecture developed mostly from imported European architectural schools where reigning rulers reflected their own ideas of design. Luckily, these magnificent structures were not destroyed in the rush to modernity in the 20th century and are now protected by strict laws in the downtown area. There are several Mexican Modern structures to be seen as well on the fringes of downtown. There’s no question about it; you will develop a deeper appreciation of the uniqueness of San Miguel after taking this tour. The donation for this monthly tour is 250 pesos.
Both tours assemble in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia at 9:45am and leave promptly at 10am. Your entire donation goes directly to Patronato Pro Niños, the nonprofit organization that gives medical, dental, and psychological care to the children of San Miguel and the large rural area surrounding the city. Three dental vans serve those rural communities, going from one area to another. A dentist gives each child a dental exam; those children who have special dental problems are directed to the dental office in San Miguel’s Patronato Health Center. All children receive a toothbrush and are told how to use it. In too many cases, it is the first toothbrush they have ever used. If they have no money for transportation to the Health Center, it is provided. So you see, you have a chance to enhance your visit to San Miguel with a tour, and you have the satisfaction of knowing you are donating money to a most worthy cause.
You may prefer a private tour and, in this case, call or email Lily at the Patronato Health Center. Her phone is 152 7796 during office hours and email is firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Architectural Tour donation is 300 pesos for each person with a minimum of 1,200 pesos for one to four persons.