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A Walking Tour of San Miguel de Allende


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Casa de Allende
Casa de Allende in San Miguel de Allende
&copy Suzanne Barbezat

The family home of independence leader Ignacio Allende is located across from the southwest corner of the Jardín. This two-floor baroque colonial mansion now houses a museum, the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende. A statue of the hero is displayed in a niche in the corner of the building. Above the entrance an inscription reads: "Hic Natus Ubique Notus" which means "Born here, known everywhere."

Ignacio Allende, along with Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo, was one of the leaders of the Mexican independence movement. He was born here in 1769 to a wealthy Creole family (Mexicans of Spanish descent). Read a biography of Ignacio Allende. In 1826 the name of the town was changed from San Miguel el Grande to San Miguel de Allende in his honor.

Besides historical information about the town and region, the museum also contains a biographical exhibit on Ignacio Allende with emphasis on his role in the independence movement. A few of the rooms are furnished to show what it would have looked like during his lifetime. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, closed on Mondays.

Next stop on the walking tour of San Miguel de Allende: Casa de Sierra Nevada

Directions: From the Casa de Allende, walk south on Cuna de Allende, the street that runs between La Parroquia and Casa de Allende. Walk one block then turn left on Hospicio street.

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