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History Walks: Beyond San Miguel’s Centro

By Kathleen Bennett

Kathleen Bennett and Jesus Ibarra

An abundance of history can be found in the barrios bordering San Miguel de Allende’s Centro, yet these neighborhoods are rarely explored. For the first time, the library is offering guided walks lasting one and one-half hours with three of San Miguel’s most experienced guides. Tickets can be purchased at San Miguel’s Biblioteca: 200 pesos each walk, or 550 pesos for the three remaining walks. All walks are limited to 25 persons.

The second History Walk on Thursday, February 1 explores the Barrio of San Juan de Dios.

This is a unique neighborhood with a beautiful and vibrant church, an ancient cemetery, large market, and numerous traditional shops. When was San Juan de Dios Church built and why? There was a hospital located nearby. When did this disappear? Important festivals start or finish at San Juan de Dios Church. One is the all-night procession bringing Señor de la Columna from Atotonilco into San Miguel de Allende, crossing streets adorned with colorful flower and sand paintings.

Nearby the barrio of San Juan de Dios, there is situated a former house of prostitution (more politely, “ladies of the night”). Were these ladies practicing the old trade legally? When and why did this popular business close? The current owner, Barbara Poole, will be on hand to share the history of Casa de la Noche, now remodeled into an art-filled Bed and Breakfast. Jesús Ibarra and Kathleen Bennett will guide this walk, sharing the history of this unique area.

History Walk Three, February 8, visits Santuario Guadalupano, also known as the Mexiquito Boys’ Home, where the Museum of Jose Guadalupe Mojica is located. The traditional Barrio Aurora and Fabrica Aurora’s history complete History Walk Three.

The final History Walk, February 15, explores the Barrio Chorro where Chichimecas bathed in public baths. Below are the lavaderos, or washbasins, used to this day. Why, when, and by whom was Parque Juárez established? The perfect finale for these walks will be held at nearby Villa Santa Monica.

All History Walks start at 3pm and finish at 4:30pm. A pass to 550 pesos guarantees a place on each walk. Thank you for supporting San Miguel’s Library.


History Walks

“Beyond San Miguel’s Centro”

Barrio San Juan de Dios to Bordello

Thu, Feb 1, 34:30pm

200 pesos each walk

550 pesos for the three remaining walks

All walks are limited to 25 persons


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