San Miguel de Allende Things to Do

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  • The Heart of Frida Exhibition

    by chixieb Written Mar 8, 2007

    There is a wonderful Frida Kahlo exhibition located near the main plaza that I highly recommend. It showcases original letters and drawings that she did before her death. They are just released to the public this year and have been kept hidden for over 50 years. It was such an intimate experience: you really get a sense of her passionate nature, her loving obsession for Diego, and empathize with her tragedies—it was like a private journey into her soul. Her letters are beautifully written, lyrical and poetic. Even if you aren’t familiar with Frida, they play an excellent short video documentary that will help you familiarize with her. So definitely check it out!

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  • The Heart of Frida Exhibition

    by chixieb Written Mar 8, 2007

    There is a wonderful Frida Kahlo exhibition located near the main plaza that I highly recommend. It showcases original letters and drawings that she did before her death. They are just released to the public this year and have been kept hidden for over 50 years. It was such an intimate experience: you really get a sense of her passionate nature, her loving obsession for Diego, and empathize with her tragedies—it was like a private journey into her soul. Her letters are beautifully written, lyrical and poetic. Even if you aren’t familiar with Frida, they play an excellent short video documentary that will help you familiarize with her. So definitely check it out!

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    People Watching

    by jungles Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Despite the huge influx of foreigners, there are still plenty of interesting characters among the local inhabitants. If you find as I did that you get bored in San Miguel quite quickly, just take a seat outside (the main plaza is a good spot as many people pass through there, and it has lots of park benches) and watch the passersby. Great for photographers too.

    Two elderly women in the main plaza A musician seeks attentive ears Laundry Day Woman in main plaza
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    Pass the time relaxing in the central square....

    by VdV Written Aug 21, 2005

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    My Mom and I would sit in the central square of town each day, usually in the late afternoon, just people watching or enjoying the view of La Parroquia.

    My Mom said it reminded her of the Philippines, where families would enjoy each others' company just walking around the town, strolling, sitting and chatting in public places. So unlike the park areas and public spaces in Los Angeles, CA.

    This is the view from one of our favorite benches in the Jardin Principal....

    View from our favorite bench in the town center...
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    El Parque Benito Juarez

    by lareina Written Jan 13, 2005

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    Being a traveller on a budget, I am always partial to public places and parks. San Miguel has a lovely public park called Benito Juarez. It is a wonderful place for people watching, a relaxing stroll, a game of basketball, or even a jog. It is also surrounded by some amazing buildings and is just below the beautiful Casa de Cultura (El Chorro), also a must see.

    the western entrance of the park
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    The Sunset in the Spring/Summer

    by MookieStephens Written Jan 6, 2005

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    The best view I've seen of the sunset is on the 2nd level of THE CHAR ROCK BAR/CAFE.

    You also get the church lit up when it gets dark and a nice view of the main jardin.

    Yes, it seems not to be nearly as good when the evenings are clod,but it is magnificent in the summer.

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    No, you don't have to be Catholic. But it helps.

    by Aelena23 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    But that describes Mexico in general. People generally refer to the church as Parroquía--it's iconic. It's huge. It's on every piece of tourist merchandise. Well, most pieces. It was designed by an untrained architect who supposedly showed his workers some pictures of churches and told them, this is what we need to do. Yes, this is the church featured in OUATIM--the exterior, anyway. The interior is actually from a church here in Querétaro. Once you see the interior of the Parroquía, the incongruity between the filmed exterior and interior is wickedly pronounced. The Parroquía is gorgeous, huge high ceilings, velas all over the place. The sign outside proclaiming mass times is in both Spanish and English, a convention seen all over San Miguel. While helpful, it serves to reinforce the "the Americans have taken over!" atmosphere of the town. The public square in front of the church is a great place to relax, and the cafe next to the church looks like fun...also looks like where Agents Ramirez and Sands had lunch, but I digress. The tourist bureau is next to the Parroquía, but I found this office to be less than helpful. Go if you need to stock up on some brochures.

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    Can't resist these great monuments

    by Royal63 Written May 22, 2004

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    I loved walking up and down Canal Street. I was waiting for my family to catch up and happened to look up, seeing what is around me. I could not resist snapping this picture. I don't know the name of the temple or church, but it is awesome to look at in person.

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    More architectural beauty

    by Royal63 Written May 22, 2004

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    Below the arches is a restaurant you can eat and enjoy the atmosphere from the Jardin Principal. The Parroquia church is to the right of this. I don't know the name of the restaurant. But it sure is nice to look at.

    You can eat here
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    Jardin Principal

    by Royal63 Written May 22, 2004

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    This is called the Jardin (pronounced Hardine, like Sardine). It's a beautiful square in the center of town. There are benches all around, where you can sit in the shade to admire the sights and sounds of this wonderful city. On one side is the breathtaking Parroquia Church. Other sides are stores, restaurants, a bank, police station or tourist information. It is also a wonderful place to meet new or old friends.

    Jardin Principal
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    La Parroquia

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    As a town that originated as a religious center, San Miguel de Allende is home to numerous beautiful Catholic churches. Certainly the most impressive is La Parroquia (the Parish), which dominates the entire city.

    The original La Parroquia was much smaller and built at the turn of the 18th century. It endured various modifications that changed its appearance. In the late 1800s, much or the structure was demolished and rebuilt in its present pseudo gothic style.

    The architect of this structure was Zeferino Gutierrez. As the story goes, he based his design solely on some picture postcards from France. This was his only exposure to Gothic architecture!

    La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende, MX
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    School children's parade honoring Ignacio Allende

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    When we visited San Miguel de Allende, we had no idea we had scheduled our vacation to coincide with a major town holiday (January 21). It was not until we saw these school children, in their navy blue and white school uniforms, marching and singing through the street of San Miguel that we realized we were there on an important day.

    We asked about the occasion, and we were told the town was celebrating the birthday of Igancio Allende, who led the town to independence from the Spanish Crown in 1810.

    School children in parade, San Miguel de Allende
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    Everyone loves an insurgent

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Few cultures care to be dominated by a powerful government forever, and San Miguel was no exception. Jose Ignacio Maria de Allende y Unzaga, a native of San Miguel, played a key role in achieving independence of San Miguel from the Spanish Crown.

    From 1808 to 1810, Ignacio Allende presided over the San Miguel revolutionaries. The uprising was massively popular with the San Miguel residents. In 1810, Allende and his compatriots achieved their goal of freeing the town from Spanish rule.

    Pictured here is Casa de Allende, the former residence of Ignacio Allende, which is now El Museo Historico de San Miguel. A statue honoring Ignacio Allende stands in the corner of the building.

    Casa de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, MX
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    Beautiful 18th century mansions are built

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    San Miguel experienced its greatest prosperity during the 18th century. During this time, the landed gentry and aristocracy - the descendants of the peninsulares - built even more elaborate residences in baroque and neoclassic style. The residences were painted in beautiful ocre and cafe colors, displayed sculptures such as stone dogs and were adorned with balconies and forged iron hardrails and banisters.

    In the 1700s, San Miguel had a strong self-supporting economy, thanks to local textile, ranching, agricultural and mining industries. Its economic independence from Mexico City and the Spanish Crown contributed toward its prosperity, at least for a while during this particular century.

    18th century mansion in San Miguel de Allende, MX
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    Arrival of wealthy Spaniards and Creoles

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    In the 17th century, San Miguel saw the arrival of wealthy Spaniards (peninsulares) and Creoles from other parts of the American continent. With their money, they built elaborate baroque style homes, permanently distinguishing San Miguel from other towns in the region.

    By 1750, the town had earned the reputation of being one of the most important and prosperous centers of New Spain.

    Class divisions nevertheless existed. Indigenous people and those of mixed race lived in adobe huts in the outskirts of town ("los barrios").

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