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Salamanca in Municipality of Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza

 
 
The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
1. The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza Marker
Inscription.
Plaza Cívica Miguel Hidalgo
Este espacio público ha sido testigo del devenir de Salamanca durante muchos años. Originalmente fue el área del atrio del convento, en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX sirvió como Jardín de la Penitenciaria, llamándose así también y contando con árboles de distintos tipos, bancas rústicas de fierro vaciado y fajillas de madera y un pozo artesiano inaugurado en 1909 del que emanaba agua caliente. De este pozo se dice que los peregrinos que iban de visita hacia el Templo del Señor del Hospital, tomaban agua en cántaros, pues, dada la cercanía que tenía con la imagen del Cristo Negro, creían que el agua procuraba la salud por sus ricos minerales curativas. Además los salmantinos solicitaban a los aguadores que les llevaran agua termal a los domicilios de sus casas.

Posteriormente del año 1943 a 1944, se comenzó a construir y la conclusión del primer Mercado Municipal en esta área; el pozo fue cubierto por un kiosco de mampostería y cubierta de concreto, con barandal de fierro tubular. Dicho mercado fue demolido en el año de 1971 y el pozo artesiano fue clausurado para dar paso a una plaza pública denominada en su tiempo como Plazoleta Hidalgo, en su primera época, en 1972. Conforme avanzaba el tiempo, la Plaza Cívica Miguel Hidalgo iba sumando distintas modificaciones:
The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza Marker English side image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
2. The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza Marker English side
en la remodelación de 1985 se colocaron siete obeliscos en honor a ilustres personajes salmantinos que fueron relevantes para la historia de la ciudad: Albino García, Andrés Delgado, Emeteria Valencia, Tomasa Esteves, Bartolomé Sánchez Torrado, P. José María Marocho y Luis G. Araujo. Asimismo, se colocó un busto en bronce de Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, en recuerdo de su paso histórico por Salamanca el 24 de septiembre de 1810, incitando a los salmantinos a que se unieran a la causa independentista lanzando su famosa Arenga.

Hoy, la Plaza Cívica Miguel Hidalgo que data de 2009, es la antesala del monumental conjunto conventual de San Juan de Sahagún (de San Agustín), uno de los edificios más emblemáticos y notables de Salamanca. En su amplio espacio, como verdadero zócalo, se llevan a cabo distintas actividades cívicas, artísticas, culturales y de recreo familiar que rememoran el origen de las tradiciones de la ciudad salmantina.

English:
Plaza Cívica Miguel Hidalgo
This public space has witnessed the evolution of Salamanca for many years. Originally, it was the atrium of the convent, on the second half of the 19th century it became Jardín de la Penitenciaria. It had different kinds of trees, rustic benches made of cast iron and planks of wood, and an artisan well inaugurated in 1990, from which hot water emanated.
The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
3. The Miguel Hidalgo Civic Plaza Marker
This view of the marker includes the Temple of Saint Augustine (Templo de San Agustín) in the background. The third side of the marker seen here is common to those along the Ruta Corazón de Guanajuato (Route of the Heart of Guanajuato).
It is said of this well that the pilgrims that visited the Templo del Señor del Hospital, and drank its water in pitchers, due to the closeness to the image of the Cristo Negro, were granted health because of its rich minerals and curative properties. What is more, salamantinos asked the water carriers to bring thermal water to their houses.

Subsequently, from 1943 to 1944, the building and conclusion of the first Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market) in this area took place; the well was covered by a masonry kiosk and cement, with a handrail. The Mercado was demolished on 1971 and the artesian well was closed down, to make room for a public square known as Plazoleta Hidalgo 1972. As time went by, further alterations were made to the Plaza Cívica Miguel Hidalgo: in the 1985 restored obelisks were placed to honor historic salmantinos: Albino Garcia, Andrés Delgado, Emeteria Valencia, Tomasa Esteves, Bartolomé Sanchez Torrado, P. José María Marocho and Luis G. Araujo. Likewise, a bronze bust of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was placed as a memorial of its historical passage through Salamanca on September 24, 1810, to urge salamantinos to join the Independence movement delivering its famous Arenga.

Today, the Plaza Cívica Miguel Hidalgo, dating back to 2009, is the placed right in front of the San
The Miguel Hidalgo bust and obelisks in the plaza image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
4. The Miguel Hidalgo bust and obelisks in the plaza
This view shows the seven obelisks and bust of Miguel Hidalgo in the plaza, as mentioned in the marker text.
Juan de Sahagún (de San Agustín) architectural complex, devoted to one of the most emblematic and notable of Salamanca. At this main square different activities are carried out, such civic, artistic, cultural, and family events, which recall the origin and traditions of Salamanca city.
 
Location. 20° 34.119′ N, 101° 11.86′ W. Marker is in Salamanca, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Salamanca. Marker is on Calle Benito Juárez just west of Calle Albino García, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Calle Benito Juárez 209, Salamanca, Guanajuato 36700, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (within shouting distance of this marker); The Augustinian Ex-Convent of San Juan de Sahagún (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Temple of Saint Augustine (about 120 meters away); The Temple of Jesus the Nazarene of the Three Falls (about 150 meters away); Valtierrilla (about 180 meters away); The Ex-Convent of Saint Augustine (about 180 meters away); Hacienda of the Cañada de Ortega Sanctuary (about 180 meters away); The Founders of Salamanca (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salamanca.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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