San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel del Allende
San Miguel del Allende is located in the far eastern part of Guanajuato, in central Mexico. The total population is close to 140,000. An historic center, the city dates back to 1764, with many of its building dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. San Miguel de Allende is known for being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826.
Since the 1950s, San Miguel de Allende has developed a reputation as an artist's haven, attracting professional and amateur painters, sculptors and printmakers to the classes and workshops. In addition to two major art institutions, Instituto Allende and Bellas Artes, art venues are found throughout the city. The city’s largest celebration is the Fiestas de San Miguel de Allende. Held each year on September 29th, the Fiestas are named after the town’s patron saint, the Archangel Michael.
Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende formalized their relationship during a ceremony on October 24, 2013. The two cities share many similarities, historically and culturally, making them a natural fit for a Sister Cities relationship. The Sister Cities relationship highlights economic, educational, and cultural exchanges.
From left to right: Ricardo A. Garrido Sánchez, San Miguel de Allende Business Association; Santa Fe Mayor, David Coss; Santa Fe Mayor Pro Tem, Rebecca Wurzburger; San Miguel de Allende Mayor Mauricio Trejo Pureco.
From left to right: Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon of the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque; Director of Economic Development and International Affairs, Maria Jose Garrido; City of Santa Fe Project Specialist, Julie Bystrom; Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee Member, Kim Song; and San Miguel de Allende Mayor Pureco.