5 Things You Didn’t Know About San Miguel de Allende
Much is said about San Miguel de Allende, but did you really know these details of our beautiful city? Here we tell you some things you probably did not know..
No one has Allende as his/her last name
As you may already know, our city owes part of its name to the Independence hero Don Ignacio José de Jesús María Pedro Regalado de Allende and Unzaga (Ignacio Allende) who was born and raised in this city. But you may not know that his only son died in Acatita of Baján the same day were he and Don Miguel Hidalgo were aprehended, so no one inherited such an illustrious surname. Their other relatives were persecuted after his death and were forced to leave the city.
Nor Typical Drink Nor Food, But We Do Have Tumbagones
If you have visited this city surely you’ve wondered what the typical food of San Miguel is and the answer is simply “we don’t have one” the gastronomic offer in the city is quite extensive, but no, nothing typical. The thig is that in the early 1900s the city was about to disappear and with it surely some customs and flavors. But we do have a typical sweet called “tumbagon” made out with whole wheat pasta, sour orange, anise and cinnamon, then sprinkle with a little powdered sugar. You have to try it!
Rumors About Tunnels
Like all old colonial towns (founded in 1542) in San Miguel de Allende there are myths, legends and rumors of tunnels under the historical center, many people speak of a tunnel connecting the parish of San Miguel Arcángel to the Juárez park, others speak of a large network of secret tunnels and passages to enter and leave the city. There are people who testify to have run into some tunnels when remodeling houses in the center of the city and for that reason is that some have been covered, today we only have rumors and sayings of the ancient inhabitants.
Vestiges Of The Past
Although the city is small, the territory of San Miguel de Allende is extensive and within it there are vestiges of cultures that inhabited this place before and during the arrival of the Spaniards, unfortunately not all archaeological sites have been explored, but one called Cañada of the Virgin has and is open to the public and worth visiting, it is 16 km away on the San Miguel de Allende – Guanajuato road.
There is an Old San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende was originaly founded not where it is today but closer to the Allende dam which today is called San Miguel Viejo, in those years the dam did not exist and the small village site suffered from lack of water, until by accident a hunter found the source of Chorro (water) some blocks from the current historic center.
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