Church of Saint Michael the Archangel

San Miguel de Allende

A symbol of the city
San Miguel de Allende's horizon is framed by the church steeples that rise above the center of the main square. The architecture of the church has been depicted on every postcard of the city, as it is an example of its neo-Gothic style. Do you have any idea who built it?

History would have us believe that the church was built at almost the same time as San Miguel de Allende was founded, in 1555. However, it's not the same church that we see today; the original construction collapsed due to deterioration. The order was immediately given to build a new church and, thanks to the capable hands of architect Marco Antonio Sobrarías, a Baroque-style masterpiece was built. However, the church would once again sustain multiple fissures.

Zeferino Gutiérrez, an indigenous stonemason, was placed in charge of its reconstruction. He designed the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel we see today. He was inspired by a postcard of the neo-Gothic-style church in Cologne, Germany, which he guarded fiercely in his house.

It was built over a period of ten years, during which time pink sandstone was extracted from the slopes of the extinct Palo Huérfano volcano to create the masterpiece. In spite of the criticisms launched against the artist for having built a neo-Gothic building, breaking away from the colonial style of the city, the church was inaugurated in 1890.
A symbol of the city

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San Miguel de Allende's horizon is framed by the church steeples that rise above the center of the main square. The architecture of the church has been depicted on every postcard of the city, as it is an example of its neo-Gothic style. Do you have any idea who built it?

History would have us believe that the church was built at almost the same time as San Miguel de Allende was founded, in 1555. However, it's not the same church that we see today; the original construction collapsed due to deterioration. The order was immediately given to build a new church and, thanks to the capable hands of architect Marco Antonio Sobrarías, a Baroque-style masterpiece was built. However, the church would once again sustain multiple fissures.

Zeferino Gutiérrez, an indigenous stonemason, was placed in charge of its reconstruction. He designed the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel we see today. He was inspired by a postcard of the neo-Gothic-style church in Cologne, Germany, which he guarded fiercely in his house.

It was built over a period of ten years, during which time pink sandstone was extracted from the slopes of the extinct Palo Huérfano volcano to create the masterpiece. In spite of the criticisms launched against the artist for having built a neo-Gothic building, breaking away from the colonial style of the city, the church was inaugurated in 1890.

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