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Photos: The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral in Mexico is the most iconic landmark of this colonial city. This postcard-perfect town is located 170 miles north of Mexico City.

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico).
San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico).

San Miguel de Allende was voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine as the “World’s Best City” in 2017 and 2018!

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico). Travel Blog Photos
San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico).

The old part of this town was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico).
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

Its historic town center is replete with colonial buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Photos Cathedral of San Miguel de Allende (Mexico). Travel Blog
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

Of all these historical structures, the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel is the one that stands out. You can’t miss it!

Photos Cathedral of San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) Travel Blog
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

If Notre Dame Cathedral is to Paris, this pink-washed Cathedral is to San Miguel de Allende.

Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende Catedral (Mexico). Travel Blog
Parroquia de San Miguel (Mexico).

Unfortunately, when we visited there last December, the cathedral was closed.

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico).
San Miguel de Allende Cathedral (Mexico).

We waited and we asked the locals – but no one gave us the exact answer as to why it was closed.

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

On the same site where it is today, churches were built and rebuilt – since the 16th century.

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

THE STORY OF THE CATHEDRAL

In 1880, Don Gutierrez was told to construct a new facade of the church. He was not a professional architect, but one who was self-taught.

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The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

It is said that Don Gutierrez modeled this church to the towering cathedrals in Europe.

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The Cathedral of San Miguel de Allende (Mexico).

He drew up his designs on the red clay soil for his craftsmen to see and follow.

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The Cathedral of San Miguel de Allende (Mexico).

What’s interesting to know is that the self-taught architect himself had never been to Europe.

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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

So, you might ask, “Where did he get his idea of soaring Gothic spires and Baroque facade?”

San Miguel Church Pink Mexico
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

From the postcards he had seen.

The park in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico). Travel Blog
The park in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

The first time I laid my eyes on this pink Cathedral, I told myself that those sky-high towers look so familiar.

The park in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).
The park in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

It was not really hard to guess, but those spires and towers unmistakably have similarities to Gaudi’s “Sagrada Familia” in Barcelona.

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico). Travel Blog
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

Like any other towns and cities in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, the Cathedral is in front of a plaza, surrounded by shops and restaurants.

The park in front of Parroquia de San Arcangel (Mexico).
The park in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

In the late afternoon and at night, the cathedral illuminates and the park is full of laidback locals who are hanging out with families and friends.

The park in front of Parroquia de San Arcangel (Mexico). Travel
The park in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Mexico).

HOTEL IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

As far as I know, there is no hostel in San Miguel de Allende. So, a friend and I stayed at the Hotel Casa Primavera Boutique & Spa. It is 30 minutes walk to the city center, but you’ll be passing by interesting alleys, and colorful houses that you’d never discover if you’ll be staying close to the town center. I’d really recommend this for you to stroll, especially in the morning. For those who don’t want to walk, the hotel has its own shuttle bus that would take its customers to the historic center. This hotel is actually the best one we stayed in our two-week trip in Mexico last December.

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