The historic downtown in SMA is very well preserved. The buildings are stone and adobe, so they have not suffered the many fires most old European cities have. Some of the oldest and most well-preserved buildings in SMA are the churches. And there are a lot of churches. We visited some of the oldest and most ornately decorated.
Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, built in 1712.
Templo de Nuestra Señora de La Salud, built in the 18th century.
Templo de San Francisco, began construction in 1778
Templo de la Purisima Concepción, built between 1755 and 1842
Another historic old building is right next to the Jardin; the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende. This building dates from 1759 and was once the home of Ignacio Allende, the Mexican Revolutionary War hero. The lower level has displays about the period surrounding the war; the homes, customs, and politics. The upper level is where the Allendes lived and is outfitted with authentic furnishings.
I had a lot more to put into this post, but I am fighting slow internet and keep getting errors when I try to download more photos. I’ll try for more later.
Next up: even more SMA