From Guanajuato, we traveled east by first class bus to San Miguel de Allende, another Baroque-Neoclassical colonial city. San Miguel de Allende, birthplace of the revolutionary leader Ignacio Allende was the first city to declare its independence from Spain. Though historically significant, it was its beautiful architecture and charming culture that saved the city from almost becoming a sleepy near-ghost-town when post-WWII artists rediscovered it, founding fine art and cultural institutes.
The legend of the Barrio del Chorros tells of the founding of the city of San Miguel, (dedicated to the Archangel, Saint Michael.) In 1555, Friar Juan de San Miguel discovered his missing dogs drinking from the two springs. The village of San Miguel was moved to this valley below the springs. In 1802 pipes were installed to bring water to the city’s homes at a cost of $18,000.
Washerwomen Square, San Miguel de Allende is located just below the springs. we did not see anyone doing laundry on the day we visited; the site is still used by some locals for washing clothes.
More charming signs from San Miguel De Allende; (my daughter’s first pony was named Capriceaux, (the French spelling.)