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Patzcuaro is located 70 kms (43 mi) from Morelia City on the highway towards Quiroga in the State of Michoacan, Mexico. Patzcuaro lies on the banks of the lake carrying the same name.Casa de los Once Patios in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®

Among Patzcuaro main attractions are:

  • La Casa de los Once Patios (the House of the Eleven Squares), La Casa de los Once Patios banner in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ® La Casa de los Once Patios street in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ® La Casa de los Once Patios street in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ® La Casa de los Once Patios street in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ® Built in 1742 to houses Dominican nuns, this rambling houses today is home to several small craft shops touting a great variety of wares from regional artisans.

  • El Calvario (Calvary), Friar Marcos Ramirez del Prado built this chapel in 1666 on the site of what had been a "yacata", or Purepecha pyramid containing the remains of the Emperor Tariacuri.

  • La Casa del Gigante (the House of the Giant), built in 1663 La Casa del Gigante in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®

  • The water basin of San Miguel, Traditional has it that many years ago the women who frequented this basin to take water to their homes were observed by the devil. To scare him away, Don Vasco de Quiroga ordered the installation of an archangel image. The statue has been replaced repeatedly due to weathering.

  • Templo y Hospital de San Juan de Dios (Church and Hospital of San Juan of God), This neoclassical-style church has vaulted ceilings and cupolas and decorated lintels. Its most salient feature is the simple baroque-style entryway. Inside are painting that once hung in the Church of San Agustin. This building was founded and built in the mid-17th century and renovated in 1841.

  • El Colegio de San Nicolas (San Nicolas College), built in 1540. It is now the Popular Art Museum where an extensive collection of handicrafts from the state is exhibited Colegio de San Nicolas in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®

  • Basilica in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®La Virgen de la Salud Basilica, Don Vasco de Quiroga, the first bishop of Michoacan, built the Basilica on top of a pre-Hispanic ceremonial center. It served as the cathedral until 1580. The Virgin of Health, the patron saint of the region, is honored here with a beautiful statue modeled of maize paste, which dates from the 16th century. Don Vasco de Quiroga's remains are entombed immediately on the left upon entering. This is the most important temple in Patzcuaro, having achieved the status of basilica in 1924 . Built in the XVI century Virgen de la Salud in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ® Basilica in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®

  • Museum of popular art and industry, In the 16th century this was the headquarters of the School of San Nicolas. Today it is a museum with, among other exhibits, one of the finest collections of lacquer work and "maque", or sumac lacquer. The floors throughout the building demonstrate the 18th century design of flagstone and animal bone, popular in those days in the entryways of states.

  • Church and School of the society of Jesus, Though construction was not initiated until the middle of the 17th century, the project originally dated from the 16th century. The tower contains a clock that. according to legend, was sent away from Spain for having tolled an unlucky hour for a Spanish monarch. Today this building serves as the Houses of Culture. El Convento de la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®

  • El Humilladero (The place of Humiliation),  Built in the XVII century, this was the original entrance to Patzcuaro. The chapel is one of the oldest the city. In 1553 Don Vasco de Quiroga had a sculpture of the crucifixion of Christ made of one piece of quarrystone and placed where it could be venerated by the travelers who entered and left the city. This site is also where the Purepechas surrendered, recognizing the Spanish as their sovereign rules. El Humilladero in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®

  • El Hospitalito (The little Hospital), Tradition dictates that this was the oldest church/hospital in Patzcuaro.
    The portal is 16th century Renaissance and the altars 19th century. The main altar holds and admirable frontispiece of carved, gilded wood.

  • Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, This grand plaza with is towering  trees, impressive fountain, and surrounded by lovely colonial buildings, is considered by many to be none of the most beautiful in the America's. Don Vasco de Quiroga in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®

  • Huitzimengari Palace, Antonio de Huitzimengari was son of the last Purepecha ruler and godson of Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza. Huitzimengari was fluent in Herbrew, Greek, Latin, Castillan Spanish, and Purepecha. Today his mansion houses several craft stalls.

  • El Templo de San Francisco (San Francisco Church) , Built in the XVI century, Within this electric-style temple is preserved a Christ statue made of maize paste. The door of the cloister is one of the most beautiful Renaissance-style works in Patzcuaro.

  • Plazuela de San Francisco (Small square of San Francisco, This lovely, peaceful plaza has a fountain and, on its east side, a bust of Do®a Margarita Maza de Juarez, wife of former President Mexico Benito Juarez. Also facing this plaza is the Portal of Salazar.

  • Church in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®Fuerte el Torito (Fountain of the little bull, This used to be site of one of Patzcuaro typical fountains. Legend has it that a man fell off his horse and died here. City authorities accused the fountain of homicide and, after a long judicial deliberation, condemned it to be moved elsewhere.

  • Ex-Convento de San Agustin, Built in 1576, the temple is now a public library. Visit this site to see the mural by Juan O'Gorman and Calzontzin Theater next door, constructed over the remains of the monastery.

  • Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra, Formerly the Plaza of San Agustin, this is the second most important plaza in Patzcuaro. In the middle of the plaza is a bronze statue  of Do®a Gertrudis Bocanegra, a Patzcuaro native and a heroine of the War of Independence.

  • El Santuario de Guadalupe, Construction was begun on this church in 1693, and it was the sanctuary of Our Lady of Health for 191 years. In 1893 select decorative elements were added.

  • Templo del Santuario (Sanctuary Church), Of neoclassical style, this temple was built in the early 19th century. 4 of the original sculptures of the 7 Virtudes remain in the church set on pedestals in the tower facade. The sculptures represent Charity, Temperance, Fortitude, and Faith.

  • .In Patzcuaro, you can find beautiful handicrafts such as, lacquer ware with gold layers, jewelry, furniture and embroideries

    Friday is market day in Patzcuaro.

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    Street next to the Colegio de San Nicolas
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    Calendar carved onto a wall of a cell in the Colegio de San Nicolas (each cross represents Sunday)
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    Religious statue inside the Colegio de San Nicolas
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    Inside the Convento de la Compañia
    Library in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®
    Public Library
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    The interior of the Santuario de Guadalupe
    Plaza Vasco de Quiroga in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®
    Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
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    lacquerware with gold layers

    Photos of Quiroga town (click each camara icon)

    Don Quijote in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®
    Don Quijote y Sancho Panza carved out of logs
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    Handicraft store 1 in Patzcuaro, Michoacan - Tour By Mexico ®
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