wall of crucifix, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Pátzcuaro is a large town and municipality located in the state of Michoacán. The town was founded sometime in the 1320s, at first becoming the capital of the Tarascan state and later its ceremonial center. After the Spanish took over, Vasco de Quiroga worked to make Pátzcuaro the capital of the New Spain province of Michoacán, but after his death, the capital would be moved to nearby Valladolid (today Morelia). Pátzcuaro has retained its colonial and indigenous character since then, and has been named both a “Pueblo Mágico” and one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations. Pátzcuaro and the lake region it belongs to is well known as a site for Day of the Dead celebrations.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary. The original Aztec word was Coatlaxopeuh, which means “The one (female) that defeat the snake”. The icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image.
View of the Templo de la Compañía bell tower from a rooftop.