City of Morelia

Where the quarries recites

Its historic downtown seems to have been trapped in the colonial era. Through its streets you can breathe provincial air, urban rhythm stimulated by poetic atmosphere and artistic festivals. At night, streetlights illuminate the streets and the quarry buildings speak with the voice of a narrator present in silence and absent in words.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Historic Downtown In 1991, UNESCO catalogued this colonial area as Cultural Heritage of Mankind.
  • Cathedral Its construction began in 1660 and it was ended until 1744. This is the second largest colonial church in whole Mexico, just after the one in Mexico City.
  • Aqueduct In 1785, Bishop Antonio de San Miguel ordered its construction to supply fresh water to the inhabitants. It has approximately 1,800 meters of longitude.
  • Tarascas Fountain Although it was made in 1984, this monument of cupper has become in so short time one of the most representative icons of the capital city of Michoacan.
  • Temple and Ex Covent of the Roses Founded by Dominican nuns, it was the first convent of the city. This religious complex is located aside from the Musical Conservatory of the Roses.
  • Zoo Inaugurated in 1970, this zoo is the third largest urban zoo in whole Mexico. It houses a huge variety of fauna species, and it is possible to take nocturnal tours.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Cathedral Lights Show Every Saturday you can admire a fireworks and music show while the Cathedral is being illuminated.
  • International Film Festival Founded in 2003, this festival receives many national and international celebrities each year, and at the same time, it promotes the new talents of the national film industry.
  • International Organ Festival Founded in 1966 by the local organist Vegan Núñez, this festival takes place in May each year. Because of the high quality of both the musicians and the melodies performed by them in the monumental organ of the Morelia Cathedral, this festival is one of the most important ones of this type in the whole world.
  • International Music Festival "Miguel Bernal Jiménez" Founded in 1989 to honor this local composer through the promotion of the musical culture and education, this festival takes place in November each year.
  • Legends Tours A great opportunity to watch the beautiful buildings of Historic Downtown, while you learn some of the most popular legends of this unique area.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Churipo Broth made with red chili, beef and vegetables that is usually accompanied by local tamales named corundas.
  • Corundas A kind of tamal with triangular form made of corn dough and wrapped up with corn leaves. They are served with spicy sauce and cream on top of them.
  • Enchiladas placeras This delicious dish consists of tortillas fried in hot sauce stuffed with meat or vegetables, and served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, cheese on top of them, and with a piece of fried chicken as accompaniment.
  • Ates A kind of dry and solid jelly prepared with fresh fruits, especially guavas and quinces. You have to try it to understand what paradise means!
  • Gaspacho Fruits finely chopped accompanied with cheese, chilli, onion and orange juice.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • During the 14th and 15th centuries this region was firstly inhabited by the indigenous Matlatzinca tribe.
  • The original village was founded on May 18th, 1541, with the name of "New Town of Michoacan," but in 1578 this name was changed to "Valladolid."
  • In 1828, the town adopted finally the name of "Morelia" to honor thus its favorite son Jose Maria Morelos.
  • In 1545, the King of Spain granted this village the category of town.
  • The Historic Downtown features 1,113 historic monuments, both religious and civic ones.
  • Renowned Individuals:
  • José María Morelos (1765 – 1815) Priest, military strategist, insurgent leader, martyr and hero of the Independence War (1810 – 1821.)
  • Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez (1768 – 1829) First heroine of the Independence War. Since she was married with the Mayor (Corregidor) of Queretaro City in 1810, she is commonly known also as "La Corregidora."
  • Pascual Ortiz Rubio (1877 – 1963) Engineer, writer and President of Mexico (1930 – 1932.)

Popular Craft

  • Pottery
  • Blacksmith’s trade
  • Sculptures and architectural ornaments of pink quarry stones
  • Handmade tablecloths
  • Feather works

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