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A Walking Tour of San Miguel de Allende

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Plaza Cívica Ignacio Allende
Statue of Ignacio Allende

A statue of Ignacio Allende in San Miguel de Allende's Plaza Civica

© Suzanne Barbezat

A large statue of Ignacio Allende mounted on a horse dominates this plaza, formally the Plaza Cívica General Ignacio Allende. There are trees and benches here, and you will find balloon sellers, and people passing the time. This plaza dates to 1555 and was the original gathering place and market area of the town, before the Jardín Principal became the main square.

The building in the foreground is the former convent of San Francisco de Sales, which was at one time a school. Both Juan Aldama and Ignacio Allende, heroes of the Mexican War of Independence, studied here.

Next stop on the walking tour of San Miguel de Allende: Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Salud

Directions: The Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Salud is at the far end of the plaza.

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