Sanctuary of Jesús de Nazareno de Atotonilco
About nine miles from San Miguel is the Sanctuary of Jesús de Nazareno de Atotonilco, desigated a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in 2009. The fortified town dates back to the 16th century, while the church—built in the 19th century—exemplies Mexican baroque architecture. Take note of the Hieronymous Bosch-like displays in the entryway, which aim to show that mortification of the flesh is a way to spirituality. On important days the road leading to the church will be half closed off with pilgrims buses, food stalls, a flea market-like atmosphere, plus nuns and processions from tiny villages.