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San Miguel de Allende in Municipality of Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Parish of San Miguel Arcangel

 
 
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1. Parish of San Miguel Arcangel Marker
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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
En el año del Señor de 1564, el primer Obispo de Michoacán Don Vasco de Quiroga, desde Pátzcuaro su Sede Episcopal, erigió esta Parroquia, otrora Mision Franciscana fundada en 1542 por Fray Juan de San Miguel, en el lugar conocido como San Miguel Viejo y que fue transladada años más tarde a este lugar por Fray Bernardo de Cossin.

La primitiva Iglesia fué un modesto edificio de adobe con techo de artesonado de madera de dos aguas. Según documentos históricos, un segundo edificio, vecino del anterior, "se estaba construyendo en 1578" el cual para “1649 se habia caído”.

La actual Iglesia Parroquial se edificó por orden del Obispo Fray Juan Ortega y Montañez a partir de 1685, teniendo como arquitecto Don Marcos Antonio Sobrarías. Su fachada principal consistía en dos torres, una más alta que la otra, a los lados del pórtico, el cual lucía una ventana rectangular acodada y sobre ella la hornacina con la imagen del Arcangel San Miguel. A fines del siglo XIX graves daños estructurales amenazaban el pórtico por lo cual se pensó construir ésta torre seudogótica, (hoy símbolo
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The marker is located in the covered entrance to the parish church.
de la ciudad) a manera de ensamble, fué el año de 1880, El autor del proyecto fue el maestro de obras don Zeferino Gutiérrez Muñoz oriundo de esta ciudad. La orden e idea fué del Excmo. Primer Obispo de León y sanmiguelense Don José María de Jesús Díez de Sollano y Dávalos y el encargado de supervisar los los trabajos y sostenerlos fué el Señor Cura de la Ciudad Don José María Correa. El costo fué de doce mil pesos.

Los sucesos más notables acaecidos en esta Parroquia son los siguientes:
21 de Enero de 1769. – Recibió las aguas bautismales Don Ignacio de Allende y Unzaga.
21 de Septiembre de 1803. – El Sr. Bachiller Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla entonces Cura de San Felipe, Gto., celebró las Honras Fúnebres del Sr. Cura de esta Parroquia Don Joaquín Hidalgo y Costilla muerto el día anterior y sepultado del lado derecho del presbiterio.
7 de Febrero de 1853. – Fue sepultado en la Cripta de esta Parroquia el expresidente de México Don Anastacio Bustamonte General de División.
13 de Septiembre de 1864. - Es recibido bajo palio Maximiliano Emperador de México quien exclamara al ver lá Cripta Parroquial:
“Es digna de Reyes”

English translation:
Parish of San Miguel Arcangel
In 1564, the first Bishop of Michoacán Vasco de Quiroga, with Pátzcuaro as his Episcopal See, erected
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3. The Parish of San Miguel Arcangel in San Miguel de Allende
this parish, formerly a Franciscan mission founded in 1542 by Friar Juan de San Miguel, in the place known as San Miguel Viejo and which was transferred years later to this place by Friar Bernardo de Cossin.

The first primitive church building was a modest adobe with a coffered wooden roof made of two slopes. According to historical documents, a second building, a neighbor of the previous one, "was being built in 1578" which by "1649 had fallen".

The current Parochial Church was built by order of Bishop Friar Juan Ortega y Montañez starting in 1685, under the supervision of architect Marcos Antonio Sobrarías. Its main façade consisted of two towers, one taller than the other and on the sides of the portico, which had a curved rectangular window and above it a niche with the image of Saint Michael the Archangel. By the end of the 19th century, serious structural damage threatened the portico, which his why this pseudo-gothic tower (today the symbol of the city) would be built in 1880. The project's author was the master builder Zeferino Gutiérrez Muñóz, a native of this city. The original idea for the construction came from the Bishop of León and San Miguel, José María de Jesús Díez de Sollano and Dávalos and the person in charge of supervising the works was the city’s priest, José María Correa. The cost was 12,000 pesos.

The most notable events in this Parish were the following:
January 21, 1769. - Ignacio de Allende y Unzaga was baptised here.
September 21, 1803. - Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, then priest of San Felipe, Guanajuato, celebrated the funeral honors here for his brother, the parish priest Joaquín Hidalgo y Costilla, who had died the previous day and was buried on the right side of the presbytery.
February 7, 1853. - The ex-president of Mexico and Divisional General, Anastacio Bustamonte, was buried in the crypt of this Parish.
September 13, 1864. – The Emperero Maximilian of Mexico was received here and upon seeing the parish crypt exclaimed: “It is worthy of Kings”
 
Location. 20° 54.813′ N, 100° 44.625′ W. Marker is in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Allende. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Correo and Cuna de Allende, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 37700, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fathers Miguel and José Joaquín Hidalgo (here, next to this marker); Monument to José Diez de Sollano y Dávalos (within shouting distance of this marker); Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel (within shouting distance of this marker); Master Builder Ceferino Gutiérrez Muñóz (within shouting distance of this marker); Friar Juan de San Miguel (within shouting distance of this marker); The House of Luis Malo (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Ignacio Allende (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Garden (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel de Allende.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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