Biblioteca Pública

San Miguel de Allende

As well as housing one of the largest collections of books and magazines in English in Latin America, this excellent public library functions as a cultural center. It's also the editorial offices of the weekly English-Spanish Atención San Miguel newspaper and has an on-site cafe that provides a pleasant spot from which to view the cultural action. The tiny Teatro Santa Ana also hosts talks and performances.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby San Miguel de Allende attractions

1. Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

0.09 MILES

Located near the east end of Insurgentes, this multitowered and domed church dates from the 18th century. The pale-pink main facade is baroque with an…

2. Templo de la Salud

0.11 MILES

With its blue and yellow tiled dome and a big shell carved above its entrance, this church is just east of San Felipe Neri. The facade is early…

3. Templo de San Francisco

0.12 MILES

Adorned with an elaborate late-18th-century Churrigueresque facade, this church has an image of St Francis of Assisi at the top. Opening hours vary.

4. Colegio de Sales

0.13 MILES

Once a college founded in the mid-18th century by the San Felipe Neri order, the Colegio de Sales has regained its educational status; it currently houses…

5. Capilla de la Tercera Orden

0.15 MILES

Built in the early 18th century, this chapel, like the Templo de San Francisco, was part of a Franciscan monastery complex. The main facade shows St…

7. Escuela de Bellas Artes

0.19 MILES

This former monastery was converted into a fine-arts school in 1938. Don't miss the murals of Pedro Martínez, plus the Siqueiros Room, which features the…

8. Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel


San Miguel's most famous sight is its parish church, characterized by its pink 'wedding cake' towers that soar above the town. These strange pinnacles…