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“Exploring San Miguel’s Historical Treasures” Final Program

By Kathleen Bennett

The final program of the Virtual Walking Tour entitled “Exploring San Miguel’s Historical Treasures” will be presented in the Library’s Sala Quetzal on Tuesday, November 29, 3–4pm. Surely the best has been saved for the last!

Virtual Historical Walking Tour Final Program
“Exploring San Miguel’s Historical Treasures”
By Kathleen Bennett
Tue, Nov 29, 3–4pm
Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50 A
150 pesos

San Miguel de Allende was moved to its present location in the 1550s when a chorro, or fresh water spring, was discovered above present-day Park Juárez. During the construction of San Miguel de Allende, numerous fountains were built to hold precious waters from this spring. During this final program, we will explore more than twenty of San Miguel’s historic fountains. Each is unique and bears its own special history.

During your San Miguel walks, have you noticed that street names in San Miguel are related to historical events or persons important in Mexico’s past? For example, “La Corregidora” Street refers to Maria Josefa Ortiz Dominguez, a heroine of Mexico’s Revolution for Independence, calle Juárez refers to Mexico’s first indigenous president, elected in 1857, who passed the Reform Laws taking much property from the Catholic Church. Learning the historical connections of San Miguel’s street names provides a good basis for understanding more about this city’s important past.

San Miguel de Allende’s architecture has numerous truly odd and unusual features. There are water spouts shaped like animal heads and arms without bodies. Where can one find San Miguel’s narrowest house? Or where is a tavern with its name printed backwards on the outside wall? Exploring these unusual features adorning San Miguel’s buildings is not only fun but creates a new perspective when we are walking in new or formerly visited areas of San Miguel.

Finally, not everyone knows about San Miguel’s “zoo.” The animals may not be alive, but they are found everywhere in San Miguel’s architecture. A good place to start identifying the many diverse animals in San Miguel’s “zoo” is on calle Reloj at Casa Cohen, also named “Noah’s Ark.” For many years the Cohen family operated a successful hardware business at this address. The multiple animal images were designed by the owner himself, a successful merchant and member of San Miguel’s vibrant Jewish community.

Don’t miss the final program of “Exploring San Miguel’s Historical Treasures” on November 29, 3–4pm in the Library’s Sala Quetzal. There is no walking as this is a Virtual Walking Tour. However, by understanding more of San Miguel’s fascinating history, your future walks around the city will be more meaningful. Purchase your ticket today at San Miguel’s Library (see Irineo). 150 Pesos. All proceeds benefit Library programs, and your support is greatly appreciated!


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