From San Miguel Allende: 200 years of art exuberance in downtown Queretaro.
The discovery and conquest of the New Continent coincided with a transcendental religious clash in Europe. One of the aftermaths of the split of Christianity was the Catholic church's boost to a new art style, "baroque".
Since the first years of the conquest and after the discovery of huge silver mines in northern New Spain, Queretaro became the granary, manufacturer and crossroad from the mines to Mexico City. This sort of economic activities enabled the richest families in Queretaro to sponsor the arts in a particular baroque style.
Along the years, due to conflicts and new taste for other styles, many baroque examples and masterpieces were lost forever. Nevertheless, much was saved to see and admire, so take yourself a chance to know some of the marvels still left in the city.
NOTE 1: The tour as described, is for four persons only, but it could grow for up to six. If this is your case, please, let me know it in order to create a customized tour for your group.
Pick up in the site of your choice in San Miguel Allende.
Visit to several sites and corners along the city where you'll be able to admire several catholic temples and its former convents, fountains, offices, mansions, museums and even the ancient hospital of the city in the most exuberant baroque style buildings from the XVI to the XVIII centuries.
You'll compare these baroque marvels with the neo-classical style that destroyed almost all the baroque architecture in the late XVIII and XIX centuries. It won't be just architecture, you'll see examples of paintings and sculptures that survived the coming of the new style and later destruction due to the constant conflicts in the country.
We'll take a break in the middle of the tour to take a light refreshment and by its end, a meal in a traditional restaurant, so you can enjoy its historical local cuisine.
Drop off in the site of your choice in San Miguel Allende.
I recommend you look to the gallery of the tour.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
245 Mexican Pesos - Admission tickets for six different museums:
La Cruz convent: $20 MXP
Zacatecana Museum: $45 MXP
Regional Museum: $60 MXP
Sacred Art Museum: $60 MXP
Art Museum: $30 MXP
Saint Rose museum: $30 MXP
- Food, Drinks, Snacks