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Commemoration of the Night of the Dead. Our intimate and well-known tradition of commemorating the dead is of an imminently religious character, which is not only fundamentally Christian, taken from the custom of “honoring the faithful deceased”, but also one that conserves many of the characteristics of the funerary ritual practiced by our pre-Hispanic ancestors.
The commemoration of the Night of the Dead in Michoacan State is a solemn tradition that preserves a genuine outpouring of profound respect and veneration to beings who, in a material form, no longer exist and to whom, through the offering, are given tribute.
Patzcuaro is an undeniably beautiful town full of elegant colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and strong indigenous traditions. The first Bishop of Michoacan, Vasco de Quiroga, not only evangelized and defended the indigenous peoples of Patzcuaro; he built schools and hospitals there. Vasco de Quiroga carried out extensive and surprising social work in the town, pitting him against the authorities and even the clergy, whom, with the support of King Charles V of Spain, Quiroga stubbornly resisted.
House of the Eleven Patios. Building dating from the 18th century was first inhabited by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena. Its original design featured eleven courtyards (hence the name); currently, it has only five. One of the building’s main features is its baroque-style bathroom, in addition to its beautiful arches.
During the sixties, the construction was rescued and restored with the purpose of turning it into an artisan center and selling regional products. Nowadays, its patios host all sorts of art and crafts exhibitions.
Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library. Its construction dates back to 1576 and it was originally built to house the Convent of the Augustinians. In 1882 the State Government sold the majority of the property and by 1938, under the orders of Lázaro Cárdenas, the Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library was established. In addition to having cultural value by itself, it shelters a mural painted by the renowned Juan O ‘Gorman.
The mural tells the story of Michoacan and covers the entire north wall. It measures 14 meters high by 12.7 meters wide.
Santa Clara (Copper Town) This town is internationally renowned for its products made of copper, obtained from the local mines. For many years the artisans have mastered and perfected the techniques for working copper. There are several artisans that offer a wide variety of products, such as glazed vases, pots, plates, saucepans, and many other decorative objects. The prices for the different products are very reasonable considering all the work put into each piece. Don’t forget to buy an original copper item created 100% by the artisans of this region.
Tzintzuntzan (Straw & Pottery Market) Place of hummingbirds. Tzintzuntzan is practically a synonym for Purepecha. It was once the capital of their empire, was the contact point with European Conquistadors, and is today a sanctuary to their memory. Traditions here go back far in time. Working with plant fibers is the specialty in this town, and creativity has soared. In the market, and if what you are looking for is a lucky charm, you can find the classical petatillo fish, as well as basketry of every kind, table cloths, various objects, and even zoomorphic sculptures of monkeys, horses, or cows. Textiles with Pre-Hispanic motifs and pottery pieces are also available because, as we know, each town around the lake has its specialty
Capula, the town where La Catrina of clay was born. Its artisans say that the trade of pottery dates back to the fifteenth century and that it was the bishop “Tata” Vasco de Quiroga himself who learned how to mix the Spanish and indigenous techniques that marked a particular style, in the elaboration of diverse utensils, but it was until the 70s when the Catrina took over most of the family workshops when the painter Juan Torres was inspired by the character drawn by José Guadalupe Posadas that the first clay catrinas appeared in Capula. From then on, the artisans of the town began to learn the technique and it has now become a symbol for the entire town.
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• Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Site
• Santa Clara del Cobre
|• Capula Catrina Town
• Night of the Dead Ceremony
|• Hotel in Patzcuaro
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