From the outside the church is quite beautiful - the inside, well, there are better. The churches in Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo have more interesting interiors - but La Parroquia has an exterior that is truly magnificent.
I understand that the church was designed by a local who had no architectural training but who had studied photographs of European churches - mostly from postcards. If you stand at the base of the church near the front doors and look up it's almost like you're standing in the air near the spires of a big european cathedral, sort of like the architect chopped a larger church in two and threw away the bottom half.
Because La Parroquia is the largest church in town and across from the both the Jardine and Allende's birthplace it is definitely someplace to see and walk through on one of your first days in town. The in-town Biblioteca tour goes through the church quite thoroughly.
I was told, before I got to San Miguel, that November 1st (or 2nd) was the only day you could tour the crypt under the main altar. I totally forgot about going - but after I got home I found written in one of my travel guides (that I never bothered to read while in San Miguel) that you can get into the crypt whenever you want by tipping one of the church workers. Several of the ex-President's of Mexico are in the crypt.
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los angeles, California
December 18, 2001
From journal Day of the Dead in San Miguel De Allende
March 2, 2001
In the tombs beneath the main altar of the church are the remains of former bishops of the church and many dignitaries who once lived in San Miguel, including a former President of the Republic of Mexico. The tombs are open to the public just one day of the year, November 2, Día de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead.
Well worth visiting for the unique architecture.
From journal Classic San Miguel
November 21, 2000
From journal Out and About in San Miguel