San Miguel de Allende’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses the Santuario de Atotonilco, eight and a half miles away. The chapel is affectionately known as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico
for the newly restored Mexican-baroque frescoes that cover the entirety of the interior walls and ceilings. Mexicans also remember this site for the historic role it played in the war for Mexico’s independence from Spain
. The small church receives over 5,000 visitors weekly.