The Walls of San Miguel

By Peggy Jones

We’ve all admired them, those amazing walls of stone with the pebbles in the seams, but do you know their history, purpose, and what they are called? This indigenous element of wall construction is called rejoneado, and it was widely used in pre-conquest buildings and pyramids. Stones of irregular shape are flattened on one side to form a flat surface and joined together with large amounts of mortar. Then small stones are meticulously inserted into the mortar to strengthen and stabilize the wall … with the added bonus of a distinctive, decorative effect!

You can see great examples of rejoneado walls, as well as many other fascinating aspects of local architectural history and styles, spanning over 400 years on the streets of San Miguel in Patronato Pro Niños’ next monthly Architectural Tour, Thursday, September 21. The 2-1/2 hour mostly level walking tour meets at 9:45am in the Jardín, in front of the Parroquia, and departs promptly at 10am. Donation for this tour is 350 pesos per person, no reservations are required. You will be led by knowledgeable volunteer guides and, best of all, you will be contributing to a great local cause!

Our tours all benefit the good work of Patronato Pro Niños, which for 47 years has been providing medical and dental services to underprivileged children of San Miguel and the surrounding rural communities. Were it not for the visits to these communities by our medical and dental vans, access to such services would be almost impossible for these families. By joining our tours, your contribution goes 100% to help these children.

Our group of dedicated and expert volunteer guides also leads Historical Walking Tours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, same time, same place. Gather in the Jardín, across from the Parroquia, at 9:45am for a wonderful 2-1/2 hour tour of San Miguel history. Donation for this tour is 300 pesos per person and no reservations are required. Private Historical or Architectural Tours can also be arranged by contacting Lily at patronatoproninos.org or calling her at 152 7796. All tours are in English, and all benefit the health of the children of San Miguel through Patronato Pro Niños.

 

Tour

Architectural Walking Tour

Thu, Sep 21, 9:45am

Meet in the Jardín, across from the Parroquia

350 pesos donation

Benefits Patronato Pro Niños

Every Mon, Wed, Fri: Historical Walking Tour, 300 pesos

patronatoproninos.org

 

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