"On the stone lion"

  The municipality of Temixco in the State of Morelos, Mexico is located 1,450 mts. above sea level, was part of Cuernavaca during the pre-Hispanic era as well as during the conquest. In the colonial period it remained part of the territory of the Marquisate of the Valley of Oaxaca.

On July 29, 1627, Don Toribio de San Marin Cortez, Cuernavaca's cacique, authorized Francisco Barbero to stay in Coaltepec, thus creating the Hacienda de Temixco and the plantation of Nuestra Se�ora de la Concepci�n.

In 1447, Temixco had problems mainly with the natives of Alpuyeca in Morelos as their territories were being affected. Not happy of being forced to move out, they revolted against the Hacienda. The Hacienda gained support of the Tribune of Santo Oficio and obtained from Friar Miguel de Nava, the commissioner of Cuernavaca, an order to arrest the rioters who had also provoked the revolt against the owner of Temixco.

In 1808, to celebrate the saint day of Do�a Josefa Yermo, 200 black slaves belonging to the Hacienda de Temixco were freed. This being one of the reasons why black people did not contribute to the Independence movement, but were instead on the Spanish side and helped to defeat Viceroy Iturrigaray where Don Gabriel de Yermo, the owner of the Hacienda actively participated.

Upon the creation of the Estado de Mexico, Temixco being an Hacienda, became part of the municipality of Xochitepec. In 1869 when the state of Morelos was created, it became part of the domain of the municipality of Cuernavaca. In May 1933, it was elevated to municipality status with the towns of Acatlipa, Cuantepec, Tetlama and the minor village of El Puente.

Tourism sites in Temixco, Morelos:

  • The ruins of Xochicalco"City or Place of the flowered houses" - fortress and bulwark, the work of Zapoteca, Maya and Teotihuacan civilizations; in 900 A.C. they tried to reach the Infinite. Great ceremonial center, the most important one at the time still guarding a series of enigmas. See of astronomers and religious scholars, it was witness to one of the most spectacular events of the pre-Hispanic era, the creation of a perfect calendar, the first in Mesoamerica. Its palaces, ball game, main pyramid and underground areas are as marvelous as its origin. It is here where according to oral tradition, the first new fire was born; where the young aristocrats were initiated in the Quetzalcoatl cult. We can still find figures of priests in oriental postures engraved in rock. Astrologers struggle to discover the mysteries of the Universe by chasing the stars and the inhabitants live in a incomprehensible exodus, opening with it one of the greatest incognitos of Mexico. Majestic, mysterious and an extraordinary place, it takes the visitor on a trip through the centuries and beyond reason. Every June 21, the sun penetrates through a small pit illuminating the undergrounds and thus demonstrating that these pre-Hispanic ruins with their eternity, surpass the asuncion church in temixco, morelos, mexicomovement of time.
  • Iglesia de la Asunci�n This church is located in downtown Temixco and was founded by Don Sergio M�ndez Arceo. Opened on August 9, 1952, it was one of the first in Temixco. It is a small church with brown, blue and white mosaics, 35 benches, a confessional and a small altar. A great part of its construction is made out of stone, brick and limestone. There are two domes, a bell tower, a sacristy, a holy water basin and 14 religious figures among which we can find the Asunci�n Virgin, Jesus of Nazareth, and San Mart�n de Porras.
  • Iglesia de San Andr�s Apostol XVII century church; it is an open modified chapel with three semicircular arches made of quarry, capital columns with pitemorphean relief designs, and consoles supported by angel heads.

Popular festivities in Temixco, Morelos:san andres apostol church in temixco, morelos, mexico

  • January 20 �Feast in honor to Saint Sebastian Chala, mass, dancing, traditional food, bullfighting and fireworks
  • Holy Week –mass, religious music and singing, processions and representations of the passion and death of Christ
  • May 3 –Dia de la Santa Cruz (Holy Cross Day), procession to the "Monte de las Cruces" (hill of the crosses) where a mass and a benediction of the crosses takes place
  • August 28 -Fiesta de San Agustin (feast of Saint Agustin), mass, dance, traditional food and bullfights
  • September 29 - Fiesta del Santo Patrono San Andres Apostol (feast of the patron saint of Apostle Saint Andrew), mass, dance, traditional food, bullfights and fireworks
  • November 2 - Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
  • November 30 - Celebration of the patron saint Apostle Saint Andrew, "ma�anitas", mass, fair, windpipe music, bullfights, cock fights and fireworks
  • December 12 - Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe), mass with choirs
  • December 24/25 - Fiesta de la Natividad (Christmas), fireworks

Morelos State
|  Amacuzac Town |  Coatlan del Rio Town  |  Cuautla City  |  Cuernavaca ۞ Capital City  |
Huitzilac Town  |   Jojutla City  |  Miacatlan Town  |  Puente de Ixtla Town  |  Temixco Town  |
Tepoztlan Town  |  Tequesquitengo Town  |  Tlaltizapan Town  |  Tlaquiltenango Town  |
  Tlayacapan Town |   Xochicalco Archaeological Site  |  Xochitepec Town  |
 |  Yautepec, Oaxtepec and Cocoyoc  |
|  Other Towns: Villa de Ayala, Jantetelco, Jonacatepec, Tepalcingo and Axochiapan  |
  The Convents Route:
(Tlayacapan, Yecapixtla, Ocuituco, Tetela del Volcan,
Zacualpan de Amilpas, Temoac.)

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