Architectural Walking Tour and the Day of the Dead
By Peggy Jones and Doug Lord
We will be leading the Architectural Walking Tour of the downtown area on October 20. We’ll meet you in the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia at 10am. The tour will last about two-and-a-half hours and consists of mostly level walking. Your entire donation goes to support Patronato Pro Ninos programs, which give medical, dental, and psychological care to needy children of San Miguel and the large rural area surrounding the city.
Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Oct 20, 9:45am
Meet in the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia
250 pesos donation for Architectural Tour, 200 pesos for Historical Tour
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 style of architecture, and various styles of European building filled the void. On many of the public buildings such as the Parroquia you can see decorations that 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, which were mandated by the colonial rulers. Some of the buildings illustrate the transition from one style to another with elements of both styles visible.
Our knowledgeable tour guides are volunteers who believe in the mission of Patronato Pro Ninos. Our regular historical walking tour guides are steeped in the history of San Miguel and they conduct tours Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, meeting in the Jardin at 9:45am and leaving for tours at 10am. The donation for these tours is 200 pesos and all proceeds go to improve the health of children. There are three dental vans going out every weekday to rural communities. They do not leave an area until all the children have been seen. In addition, there is a dentist working daily in the Patronato building here in town.
Private historical and architectural tours are available by calling Lily at 152 7796 during office hours (9am–4pm). Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allow at least several days to arrange your tour.