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The City of Pátzcuaro


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    Located in the mountains of the beautiful state of Michoácan, the magical pueblo of Pátzcuaro is located on the shores of one of Mexicos highest lakes. It has a population of just under 100,000 people and is located only 20 minutes from Uruapan. The name Pátzcuaro comes from the Purepecha language and means the city of stones. The Puerepecha empire was one of the few empires that resisted the Aztecs and was able to thrive until the arrival of the Spaniards. Its early inhabitants believed Pátzcuaro to be the doorway to heaven where the gods ascended and descended. The Purepecha people first settled in Pátzcuaro in about 1324, led by Rey Curateme. The Spanish moved their local government to Pátzcuaro from Tzintzuntzan in 1540. The city was developed as a government and religious center until the government was moved to Valladolid (now named Morelia) in 1580.

Pátzcuaro Language School - Iglesia de Santiago located just a few minutes walk from our school

    The town retains its ancient atmosphere. It consists of largely one-story adobe or plaster-over-brick buildings with red tile roofs. The streets are dusty cobblestones traveled by horse and car. Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, known by locals as simply the Plaza Grande (Big Plaza), is Pátzcuaro's central square. Grass covers much of the plaza, and a statue of Vasco de Quiroga stands in its center. On the east side of downtown is the beautiful Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Basilica of Our Lady of Health), the city's patron, built between 1546 and 1554. The Colegio de San Nicolas (College of Saint Nicolas), south from the basilica, was founded by Don Vasco in 1540 and now houses the Museum of Popular Arts and Archaeology, which has exhibits of carvings, pottery, weaving, and archaeological artifacts. The Cathedral of Michoacán was built by Don Vasco and was opened in 1546. Today it is the temple of the Jesuits. The Casa de los Once Patios (House of Eleven Patios) is the former monastery of Santa Catalina (Saint Catherine), founded by Dominican nuns in 1747. It is now a center for local artisans, and you can watch them work.

Pátzcuaro Language School - El Aquaducto

    One of the most striking features of the area is the island of Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro, a very steep, rocky island that is completely covered with people and buildings. At the top stands an impressive statue of the revolutionary leader José María Morelos. Getting to the island requires you to take a local ferry on an approximate half-hour cruise. And from the time you land on the island until the time you reach the crowning statue you must run a gauntlet of local vendors selling everything imaginable. But the island and the views from its summit are breathtaking, and its people welcoming.

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Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, C.P. 76000
Mexico
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