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Yuriria

Superb jewel of Guanajuato

The wave of a lake crashes softly against the wall of a dam for 500 years ... the first hydraulic work of the Spaniards in America. In 1550, they diverted the flow of the Lerma River, and the lake was born. From the lake a town was born: Yuriria, in Guanajuato.

Soon, the church builders, the engineers and the Augustinian friars arrived, who built one of the most magnificent convents in all of America: The Convent of San Agustín. Majestic stands on the valley that the Purépecha Indians called Yuririhapundaro; "Lake of blood".

Its enormous walls, its cloisters and plateresque façade, honor what was said of it when it was finished in 1559: "Do not doubt, my friends, that it is the most magnificent building you can think of."

The armies of missionaries, gambusinos and soldiers who frenziedly constructed the New World, bequeathed to Yuriria a surprising set of sacred buildings.

The Parish of the main square, the Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help of the Poor, the Temple of the Lord of Health, the Temple of the Immaculate, the Temple of Esquipulitas, the Temple of the Precious Blood of Christ and the Holy Sepulcher or Temple of San Antonio.

In the waters of the lake of blood grew islands such as San Pedro, El Fuerte and Las Cabras, where one day, a general surnamed Liceaga, resisted for 40 days the onslaught of the then member of the Royalist Army, Agustín de Iturbide. In his honor, and in the one of the fallen ones that with their blood dyed still more the lake, the islands changed their name by the Fort Liceaga.

Yuriria is a syncretic Magical Town that spends its time on the shore of an extinct crater. People call her "La Joya", because one day, they say, the Virgin of Guadalupe embraced one of its rocks and recorded her image forever.

Walking through its streets is unraveling the thread of a small time; how to jump from the modern highway Morelia-Salamanca to a raft of old stones docked at the edge of a red lake.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Augustinian Temple and Ex Monastery of Saint Paul Built between 1550 and 1559 by the Augustinian friars, this religious complex functioned to evangelize the indigenous people of the current Michoacan state.
  • Temple of Our Lord of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ The sacred image venerated here was brought from Torrijos, Spain.
  • Temple of Our Lord of the Health It was constructed in 1639.
  • Yuriria Lagoon First big hydraulic construction in Latin America. Here you can practice sport fish, rowing, and in its islands, horseback riding and hunting.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of Our Lord of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ Celebrated from December 26th to January 4th each year with popular music and dances, religious processions and masses, and also with the traditional plays of the People’s Theater.
  • Festivity of Saint Agustin It begins with the Novena, and culminates on August 28th when this temple receives hundreds of people, candles and flowers.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Mole sauce. Delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate. This unique sauce is served on top of rice and chicken or turkey meat.
  • Barbacoa. Roasted beef or lamb meat cooked slowly in its own juice, and which is served apart as a broth or consommé.
  • Carnitas. Pieces of pork meat cooked slowly in its own lard and also in a special broth, which makes them taste delicious!
  • Michi broth. Healthy broth made with catfish and vegetables.
  • Tamales. Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with corn leaves to be steamed.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Founded in 1540 by the Augustinian friar Pedro de Olmos, Yuriria is one of the oldest municipalities in the state of Guanajuato.
  • "San Pablo Yuririhapúndaro" was its original name.
  • Here was discovered the first mine in the state of Guanajuto, and it was registered with the name of "San Barnabe."

Popular Craft

  • Embroideries
  • Shoes
  • Leather goods and handicrafts
  • Ceramics and pottery
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Templo Agustino de San Pablo - Yuriria

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