Postcards from San Miguel de Allende
Church of Saint Michael the Archangel
San Felipe Neri Oratory
Our Lady of Health Church
Just around the corner from San Felipe Neri Oratory is another impressive church facade. Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Salud, or Our Lady of Health Church was built in the 18th century, and first served as a chapel for the adjacent San Francisco de Sales College. Above the entrance of the church is a huge carved seashell, and in centre of it is a single eye enclosed in a triangle, an ancient symbol for God’s omnipresence.
About San Miguel de Allende
The city was founded in 1542, as a first Spanish settlement in the area, and named as San Miguel, after Franciscan monk Juan de San Miguel. Allende was added in the name much later, in 1826, in honor to general Ignacio Allende, a hero of the revolution, Mexico’s liberation from Spanish rule. San Miguel de Allende is situated in the Central Highlands of Mexico, in state of Guanajuato, north-west from CDMX. The city is has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, and is known also of its arts and gastronomy.
The high tourism season is during the winter months, but the city is a great destination around the year. January is the coldest month, but even then the average high temperature is 23 degrees Celsius. As San Miguel has become so popular, we would advice going outside the main season, if you can choose.
Finally, a tip for those who like craft beer: Cerveceria Dos Aves in San Miguel brews excellent artisan beers! Read more about Dos Aves in our Craft Beer Nomads blog!