San Miguel de Allende

  • 16 February 2017 11:22:00
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If you plan to travel to Mexico, there is one city you can’t miss. It is San Miguel de Allende. Situated in the east of the Guanajuato state, central Mexico, it continuously attracts thousands of tourists interested in the turbulent historical past of the region. Its friendly climate, amazing colonial architecture and a vast number of tourist attractions make it a perfect place to spend a quiet yet memorable vacation. San Miguel de Allende can’t offer a particularly wide choice of night clubs or crowded parties to attend. However, it’s very popular among artists, writers, retirees and other people looking to get away from the noise and fuss and enjoy a few calm weeks in a beautiful small Mexican city with spectacular views and a strong cultural background. If you share these preferences, welcome to San Miguel de Allende!

Historical outlook

You would never believe that a peaceful and idyllic place like this was drowning in blood just a few centuries ago. The city was founded by Spanish colonists near an Indian village, but the locals didn’t show much hospitality to the strangers. Tension eventually grew into an open war that had been raging long after the Indians had abandoned the land. In the 16th century, the settlement saw a drastic rise of population due to the discovery of silver in the adjacent area. By the middle of the 18th century, it became one of the most important and populated cities in the region. However, it was dealt another painful blow when the Mexican War of Independence broke out.  The town was on the verge of ruin, and only its incredible cultural heritage allowed it to rise back from the ashes. Today, many people visiting Mexico travel here to catch a glimpse of wonderful colonial buildings and walk the old streets of San Miguel de Allende.

Interesting facts about the city

• The town is famous as the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, a Spanish captain who supported the ideas of the independence movement in Mexico and led the rebellion. His surname was subsequently added to the name of the city.

•  It was also the first municipality to announce its independence of the Spanish crown.

• The main place of interest in San Miguel de Allende is its splendid historic center, surprisingly well-preserved despite the heavy impact of the war. Here you can see authentic churches, luxurious mansions and haciendas built between the 17th and 18th century.

•  In the vicinity of the town, you can also visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, a stunning Baroque complex built in the 18th century and adorned with spectacular mural work that has led the church to be dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of Mexico.’

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