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    EL GENERALISSIMO DON JOSE MARIA MORELOS Y PAVON

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    Jose Morelos juts his fist skyward

    Atop Janitzio, in a small park with magnificent views over the Lago del Patzcuaro, is the 40m statue dedicated to one of the initators of the Mexican War of Independance. That war was a long and bloody affair that ironically was decided by a dramatic reversal of sides by the first and only Mexican Emperor (the Austrian Hapsburg installed by Napoleon III of France does not count), Iturbide. The Mexican War of independance did separate Mexico from Spain, but real freedom for the masses would have to await the results of the Mexican Revolution, 100 years later.
    Back to Morelos, though. You can wind your way inside the statue up stairs to a viewpoint high in the statue - Morelos' nose! - where you get certainly the highest view from the island. As you climb the stairs grand murals paint the large events in Morelos' life and his involvement in the War of Independance. The lines outside get bigger as the day progresses, so if you want to visit, get an early start.

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    Janitzio

    by mtncorg Written Oct 31, 2003

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    Janitzio and Morelos shimmer in lake's surface

    There are six islands in the Lago del Patzcuaro. The main one is the island of Janitzio. Much of the steep-sided island is taken up with dwellings, ranging from the lakeshore to the top. From the dock, narrow, steep streets wind their way up past innumerable souvenir shops, restaurants frying up the lake's little fish and people begging. By taking an early boat out - the boats start out at 0800 - you can avoid some of the madness. Beggars don't like to start early in the morning. Also, it can get rather warm as the day draws on and you make your way up the hill to visit the Mexican version of the Statue of Liberty high up on top of the island - the statue of Jose Morelos.

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    Templo del Sagrario

    by mtncorg Written Oct 31, 2003

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    Templo del Sagrario in early morning light

    Almost opposite the restored Jesuit church of La Compania and next to the Casa de la Once Patios, is this grand baroque styled church dating from the 17th Century. It has survived the many earthquakes and reminds of the earlier Colonial times.

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    Museo de Artes Populares

    by mtncorg Written Oct 31, 2003

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    Door from Templo del Sagrario leads to the Museo

    Located in the former Colegio de San Nicolas, this museum is an ideal place to start and get an overview of the vast array of regional handicrafts: ceramics, weaving, woodcarving, lacquerware, basketware. Hours are 0900-1930 Monday through Saturday and 0900-1430 on Sunday. Cost is around $2 US (In Mexican pesos, of course ;-) ). The museum is located across the street from the grand restored Jesuit church, La Compania. To understand the handicrafts here is to gain a much better understanding of the history of this area.

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    Palacio Municipal

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    Fountain bubbles in front of the Palacio Municipal

    Colonial architecture dating into the 17th Century selegantly surrounds the Plaza de Quiroga. Beautifully arched mansions encircle the square - now used as hotels, restaurants and shops. On the western edge of the square is the city hall - the palacio municipal.

    A short walk to the north will take you to another smaller plaza, the Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra (named for a local heroine who was shot in the War of Independance) or also known as the Plaza Chica. This is a much more hectic area - bus service and taxis emanate from here. A large covered mercado (market) goes off from the northwestern corner of the square. This mercado is for the ordinary foodstuffs and living goods.

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    Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

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    Solitude pervades on the Plaza de Quiroga

    This is the main square in Patzcuaro, one of the finest in all of Mexico. Large fountains bubble away in the square shaded by huge trees. The square is named for the first bishop of Patzcuaro, Vasco de Quiroga, who managed to protect the local from many of the predations New Spain brought to the local people of Mexico after the Conquest. A statue honors the bishops in the middle of the plaza.

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    Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares. Cloister.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 11, 2008
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    The museum has a beautiful courtyard (recently restored), a great place to enjoy a moment of peace during the visit of
    town.

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    Day of the Deads. Sugar skulls.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 9, 2008

    We saw all kind of skulls made from chocolate, sugar, flour...they have no limits with the imagination, they make also a famous Pan de Muerto (Bread of the dead).

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    Day of the Deads. Catrinas and Catrinos.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 9, 2008
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    Now there are Catrinas and Catrinos, you can find any kind of Catrinas dressed with different clothes, there are even Catrinas nuns or Catrinos priests. I really love
    this figure.

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    Walking the town.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 5, 2008
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    The town consist mostly of one-story adove buildings painted in white with tile roofs and cobblestone streets.

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    patzcuaro lake,lago de patzcuaro

    by cbeaujean Written Nov 4, 2002

    2042meters high;a lot of fishes and wild ducks.
    two small islands;on the right,"isla de janitzio" and on its top an imposing statue of "morelos",an independence hero.

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