LANDMARKS IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Landmark places to visit in San Miguel de Allende: The Public Library
San Miguel de Allende is a place many internationals love to visit. Just one visit to the historic city is enough to make you want to come back again. Regardless of the time of the year, there are always things to do in San Miguel de Allende. Those who love to explore can have a good time discovering the exciting and less known areas of the city, those who love arts and culture can enjoy exhibits and concerts in the city center. There is just so much to do in San Miguel. If you love checking out landmarks there are a number of San Miguel landmarks that you should not miss on. Before we take a look at one of the most interesting landmarks in San Miguel, here is a brief background of the city:
A little San Miguel de Allende History
Initially called San Miguel, the Spanish town was a centerpiece in the war for Mexican independence from Spain. The town was changed to San Miguel de Allende in honor of Ignacio Allende, a significant figure in the independence movement against Spain. In 1926, Mexico declared San Miguel de Allende a national monument before the town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. San Miguel de Allende is built for relaxing and to allow creativity and as such the bulk of its residents are wealthy Mexicans and many adventurous, international travelers. It is viewed as a Mexican version of Malibu but one that is accessible to many travelers. The weather is favorable in San Miguel de Allende thanks to its location in the mountainous regions of Mexico.
Biblitoecta Pública de San Miguel de Allende
Most people wouldn’t think of including a library on a vacation itinerary but this is not an ordinary library. The Biblitoecta Pública de San Miguel de Allende is an exceptional library that has an extensive collection of both Spanish- and English-language books and films and offers a quiet respite from the sights and sounds of the city. It has a number of interesting collections to check out, like the Helen Wale’s collection of magazines that date back to 1954. Helen Wale was a Canadian expat who collected magazines in her home for children to read. The whole collection is now available at the Public library.
In addition to historical reading material, the library offers free classes for children on subjects like computers, painting, and piano. Sometimes the library hosts cultural events and English-language tours that guide visitors through the neighborhood’s colonial architecture. There is also a courtyard café inside the library for anyone who may need to grab something to eat quickly.
Biblitoecta Pública de San Miguel de Allende is easy to find; it is located just several blocks north of El Jardin in central San Miguel. It is open from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 7 pm.