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San Miguel Viejo and the Casqueros Chapel

San Miguel Viejo and the Casqueros Chapel

On one of those ‘what to do’ days we went looking for an organic farm out past the San Miguel train station. Nice to see and they did have plenty of salad fixings – most of it is sold to stores and restaurants in town.

San Miguel Viejo, just past the farm, is not well defined and not much there except for the Chapel, assorted houses and the edge of the lake. Located some 5 kms west of the central Plaza Allende, along a dusty road extending beyond the railroad station, San Miguel Viejo was the first settlement here, founded by Fray Juan de San Miguel in the 1530s.

The Casqueros Chapel was rebuilt in the late 1600s, the present mission chapel remains nestled in a pleasant setting beside the man-made lake of Presa Allende. The little mission features a pocket-sized walled atrium with an arched gateway and three outlying calvaritos, or miniature shrines


San Miguel train station
San Miguel train station

SMA organic farm
SMA organic farm

Casqueros Chapel
Casqueros Chapel

Casqueros Chapel
Casqueros Chapel

Miniature shrine
Miniature shrine in cornfield

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