Casa de los Once Patios

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Pátzcuaro , Mexico
Madrigal de las Altas Torres
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This cool, rambling colonial edifice was built as a Dominican convent in the 1740s. (Before that, the site held one of Mexico’s first hospitals, founded by Vasco de Quiroga.) Today it houses small artesanías (handicrafts) shops, each specializing in a particular regional craft.

Look for copperware from Santa Clara del Cobre and musical instruments from Paracho, as well as lacquerware, hand-painted ceramics and vibrant textiles. Be sure to check out the Baño Barroco , a 16th-century bathing room.