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“Inquisiting” Minds Want to Know—The House of the Inquisitor

By Peggy Jones

One of the most beautiful and interesting homes from the colonial era here in San Miguel de Allende is the Casa del Inquisidor at Cuadrante 18. The ornate baroque facade confirms the construction date of 1780 that is also carved into a ceiling beam. Elaborate stone carved cortinas (curtains) and capitals, each one different, as well as the elegant overhanging cornice and the offset door are all hallmarks of one of the last Baroque style homes built before the architectural style changed to Neoclassic in the late 1700s.

Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Dec 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 donation benefits Patronato Pro Niños

The house is thought to have been the home of several officers of the Inquisition, including Victorino de las Fuentes, who lived there in 1815. The building directly across the street is referred to as the Inquisitor’s Jail. However, little evidence exists to confirm that, other than the green stone cross in the beautiful niche on the corner of Hernandez Macias and Cuadrante, said to be the symbol of the Holy Inquisition. There was once a tunnel under the street connecting the two buildings, now a perfect wine cellar for the private home at Cuadrante 18.

You can learn more about the amazing buildings in Centro San Miguel on this month’s Patronato Pro Niños Architectural Walking Tour on Thursday, December 21. The 2-1/2 hour, mostly level, walking tour meets at 9:45am, in the Jardín, in front of the Parroquia, and departs by 10:00am. The donation for this special tour is 350 pesos per person. No reservations are required, but group size may be limited. You will be led by experts Jay Moskowitz and Doug Lord, and, best of all, you will be contributing to a great local cause!

These tours all benefit the good work of Patronato Pro Niños, which for 47 years has been providing medical and dental services to underprivileged children in San Miguel and the many surrounding rural communities.

Our group of knowledgeable volunteer guides also lead Historical Walking Tours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, same time, same place. Gather in the Jardin, in front of the Parroquia, at 9:45am (departing by 10am) for a fascinating 2-1/2 hour tour of San Miguel history. The donation for this tour is 300 pesos per person. No reservations are required although we appreciate advance notice of large groups. All tours are in English, and all benefit this worthy cause. Private tours can also be arranged by contacting Lily at or calling 152 7796.


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