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San Miguel
Before the arrival of the Spanish, San Miguel was an indigenous Chichimeca village called Izcuinapan.

The name of the city of San Miguel de Allende comes from the 16th century friar, Juan de San Miguel and a martyr of the Mexican War of Independence, Ignacio Allende, who was born in a house facing
the city's central plaza.

The old section of the city is a World Heritage Site; this section is highlighted by well preserved 17th and 18th century baroque/neo-classical historic colonial buildings. Jardin Allende is the town's main plaza. The town is famous for its streetscapes with narrow cobblestone lanes that undulate over the hilly terrain.
The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel is unique in Mexico and its dramatic pink towers rise above the neo-Gothic fascade. The church was built in the 17th century with traditional Mexican facade and the current facade was constructed in 1880 by Zeferino Gutierrez
San Miguel's Botanical Cactus Gardens cover several hectares with stunning views from the heights of San Miguel in the valley below. These cactus gardens are well worth the visit.
Above is the courtyard of Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez, also known as the Escuela de Bellas Artes.

The Institute attracts many foreign students studying painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, as well as dance, piano and guitar.

It is part of the Institute Allende which is an enormous complex in an old hacienda which belonged to the De La Canal family and featuring a modern gallery and restaurant.

The Fabrica la Aurora, a former mill, has Art Galleries and Restaurants.
The facade of the San Francisco Church is pure Churrigueresque with stone figures and fine columns. Church was begun in 1778.

The main portal of the Nuestra Senora de la Salud Church, built in the 18th century, is also Churrigueresque, Spanish Baroque, with a crest shaped like a large seashell.

Plaza Civica, established in 1555, was originally the centre of town, is dominated by a equestrian statue of Ignacio Allende.
There are several interesting markets.

The Flower and Produce Market
is shown.

Plus, of note, the Mercado de Artesanias
Parque El Chorro
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