San Miguel de Allende

What is San Miguel de Allende known for?


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address Plaza Principal 8 lat 20.91454 long -100.74384 directions phone +52 415 152 1695 tollfree fax hours M-Sa 08:30-20:00, Su 10:00-17:30 price content Offers street maps and can arrange for Spanish or English tours of the city. San Miguel is, first and foremost, a city built for relaxing. It is a Spanish colonial town of perhaps 140,000 people; a heritage site protected by the Mexican government in order to maintain its character. In July of 2008 it was designated

airport. The driver will meet you inside the terminal, in the area where you clear customs. The rates are USD70-120. A 6 passenger SUV will be the highest and a sedan for 3 is around USD70. You can arrange transportation through your SMA hotel, etc., or book direct. A favorite is Julio and Antonio at 52 415 154 0708. If you contact them directly, you will save the hotels commission. There are others that are as nice and reputable. http

: sanmigueltransportation.webs.com Transportes Turisticos del Centro SA de CV offers a great service. They provide reliable and very comfortable vehicles, all their staff is English speaking and, best of all, low prices. By bus *


contemporary architectural

, many offer two-for-one drink specials. Others rely on gimmicks such as the frontier themed bar on Mesones Street called “El Gato” with swinging cantina doors like those seen on “Old West” movies. In September 2010, the first contemporary architectural structure arrived in the historic colonial center with the opening of Hotel Matilda. The hotel's four buildings have a modern design, with public areas decorated


extremely large

. The cultural center today is part of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) and is often referred to by locals as "Bellas Artes." It is a two story cloister surrounded an extremely large courtyard with large streets with a large fountain in the middle. It houses art exhibits, classrooms for drawing, painting, sculpture, lithography, textiles, ceramics dramatic arts, ballet, regional dance, piano and guitar. One hall of the old convent is dedicated to a mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros along with students from the art school, but it was never finished. The complex has a museum, an auditorium, two art galleries and the Las Musas restaurant, which serves both inside and outside in the courtyard area. Next to the cultural center is the '''Inmaculada Concepcion Church''', locally known as Las Monjas (The Nuns). It was originally constructed as part of the convent. The church was constructed between 1755 and 1842 with an elegant cupola added by Zeferino Gutierrez in 1891, inspired by the Les Invalides Church in Paris. The cupola is octagonal decorated with Corinthian columns in the lower area and the upper area has a window with a balustrade and statues of saints. Topping the cupola is a lantern window with a statue depicting the Immaculate Conception. Inside, there are paintings by Juan Rodriguez Juarez. thumb left 150px Corner of the Allende House with a statue of Ignacio Allende (File:CornerAllendeHouse.JPG) The '''Casa de Allende (Allende House) Museum''' was the home of Ignacio Allende, who was a principal protagonist in the early part of the Mexican War of Independence. The structure was built in 1759 with Baroque and Neoclassical elements, located next to the San Miguel parish church. The museum it houses is officially called the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende, and it is one of many “regional museums” of Mexico. This kind of museum focuses on the history of the local area from the prehistoric period to the present, especially the area’s role in Mexico’s national history. The lower floor contains exhibits about the founding of the town, its role in protecting the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Road and more. The upper floor contains exhibits related to the of Ignacio Allende and some of the rooms are preserved as they looked when he lived there. There are 24 rooms that chronicle the history of the area from the foundation of the town to the Ruta de la Plata (Silver Route), the genealogy of Ignacio Allende and the Mexican War of Independence. It remodeled as part of the preparations for Mexico's Bicentennial. The restored museum was re-inaugurated by President Felipe Calderon in 2009. Wikipedia:San Miguel de Allende Dmoz:Regional North_America Mexico States Guanajuato Localities San_Miguel_de_Allende Commons:Category:San Miguel de Allende


local acts

415 152 2063 tollfree fax hours Su-Th 08:00-03:00, F Sa 08:00-05:00 price content Mama Mia's is actually four clubs in one. There's a restaurant and bar in the center with some amazing Italian food, a sports bar to the left (usually displaying a soccer or football game of some kind), a music bar to the right where local acts frequently play (especially Pilaseca, a very popular funk-blues band that tours most of Mexico and the States), and a hard-to-find rooftop lounge overlooking


historic paintings

levels with an arch with a relief of an eagle on the keystone. The main door is profusely decorated with high reliefs. Today, it houses the Casa de Cultura de Banamex (Banamex Cultural Center) which houses a collection of historic paintings and offers diverse expositions during the year. On the north side of the Jardin Principal is the '''municipal palace'''. It was first


introducing

"usretirees" So many Americans live in San Miguel de Allende that there is a joke that the area is becoming less Mexican and more Disneyland . Estimates of foreign

residents range from 8,000 to 12,000 with about 7,000 of these from the United States alone.

and nightclubs. Bars and nightclubs range from DJs or loud bands catering to young people, to jazz clubs, sports bars and even those that specialize in traditional Mexican music such as mariachi. Some were founded by foreigners and reflect that ownership, for example the Berlin Bar & Bistro. Berlin Bar & Bistro Shops around


acts frequently

415 152 2063 tollfree fax hours Su-Th 08:00-03:00, F Sa 08:00-05:00 price content Mama Mia's is actually four clubs in one. There's a restaurant and bar in the center with some amazing Italian food, a sports bar to the left (usually displaying a soccer or football game of some kind), a music bar to the right where local acts frequently play (especially Pilaseca, a very popular funk-blues band that tours most of Mexico and the States), and a hard-to-find rooftop lounge overlooking


international film

, Brazil along with the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Jalisco), Mexico are considered to be the most important film festivals of Latin America. It was first held in 1973, awarding Latin American films. The Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival has been held since 1975 in that Spanish city. While the Expresión en Corto International Film Festival is the largest competitive film festival in Mexico, specializing in emerging talents, and is held each year during the last week of July in the two colonial cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Among Spanish speaking countries the Dominican International Film Festival is held annually in Puerto Plata, DR, the Valdivia International Film Festival is held annually in the city of Valdivia (Valdivia, Chile). It is arguable the most important film festival in Chile. Wikipedia:San Miguel de Allende Dmoz:Regional North_America Mexico States Guanajuato Localities San_Miguel_de_Allende Commons:Category:San Miguel de Allende


century silver

of the Counts of the Canal, built in the 18th century and currently owned by the Banco de México. By the mid 16th century, silver had been discovered in Zacatecas and a major road between this area and Mexico City passed through San Miguel. Indigenous attacks on caravans continued and San Miguel became an important military and commercial site. To quell these attacks as well as rebellions against Spanish rule, the viceroy in Mexico City granted lands and cattle to a number of Spanish


influence quot

;lugaresinteres" Culture thumb 150px Entrance to a crafts store in the historic center of the town (File:EntranceCraftsAllende.JPG) Foreign influence : ''"Stirling Dickinson is without doubt the person most responsible for San Miguel de Allende becoming an international art center," says John Virtue, author of Model American Abroad, a biography of Dickinson. Although only an amateur painter himself, Dickinson became co-founder and director of the Escuela

San Miguel de Allende

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'''San Miguel de Allende''' is a city and municipality (municipalities of Mexico) located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. It is part of the macroregion of Bajío. http: t21.com.mx opinion bitacora 2013 08 16 bajio-nuevo-milagro-mexicano It is Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule by the nascent insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence.

However, the town waned during and after the war, and at the beginning of the 20th century was in danger of becoming a ghost town. Its Baroque (Baroque architecture) Neoclassical (Neoclassical architecture) colonial structures were "discovered" by foreign artists who moved in and began art and cultural institutes such as the Instituto Allende and the Escuela de Bellas Artes. This gave the town a reputation, attracting artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, who taught painting.

This attracted foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War. Since then, the town has attracted a very large number of foreign retirees, artists, writers and tourists, which is shifting the area’s economy from agriculture and industry to commerce catering to outside visitors and residents.

The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. This and the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco have been declared World Heritage Sites.

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