Mexico may be known as the land of tacos, picturesque beaches, and dramatic telenovelas, but it has so much to offer travelers who wants to explore its culture and heritage. Anyone looking to explore this North American nation will not run out of places to check out in the whole country.
For those looking to learn more about Mexico's culture and the arts, a must visit place is San Miguel de Allende. Located in the state of Guanajuato, a part of San Miguel de Allende has been designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 2008.
Here are five must-visit attractions found in San Miguel de Allende.
Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende
Libraries might not be commonly part of itineraries when traveling, but Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende is one you definitely shouldn't miss. The library started in 1954 when "Canadian expat Helen Wale invited Mexican children to read through a collection of magazines in her home," according to U.S. News Travel.
Today, the library is where you can find bilingual books as well as the Santa Ana Theatre. The Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende likewise hosts free classes for kids.
Fábrica La Aurora
Anyone visiting San Miguel de Allende for art should definitely visit Fábrica La Aurora. It served as a textile mill from 1902 to 1991. Some traces of the textile mill can still be found today.
Aside from being a gallery, it is also a good place to shop for furniture, contemporary art, and even jewelry. There are likewise dining options available, such as the Food Factory and Cafe de la Aurora.
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Another must-visit place for anyone into art is Instituto Allende. Located in what used to be the home of the noble Condes de la Canal family, it is an educational center for aspiring artists.
Aside from this, visitors can find artsy cafes and restaurants in the area, as well as parks and gardens. However, it should be noted that Instituto Allende open to visitors only on weekdays and Saturday mornings.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel
No list of must visit places in San Miguel de Allende will ever be complete Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Located in the El Jardin plaza, it is considered the area's most iconic sight.
Built in the 17th century, it his home to the image of the Cristo de la Conquista, which can be found near the main altar. Aside from being a go-to attraction itself, this astle-like church is often used as a point of reference for travelers.
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