Pátzcuaro attractions

Top Choice Basilica in Pátzcuaro

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud

Built on a hill atop a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site, this cathedral-cum-pilgrimage site was intended to be the centerpiece of Vasco de Quiroga’s utopia. Begun in 1540, the church was not completed until the 19th cen…
Top Choice Plaza in Pátzcuaro

Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

Pátzcuaro’s leafy main square – more commonly known as 'Plaza Grande' – is Mexico’s largest plaza after the Zócalo in Mexico City and the only one in the country without a church. It is framed by the 17th-century fa…
Market in Pátzcuaro

Casa de los Once Patios

This cool, rambling colonial edifice was built as a Dominican convent in the 1740s. (Before that, it was the site of the Hospital de Santa Martha, founded by Vasco de Quiroga and one of Mexico’s first.) Today it hou…
Museum in Pátzcuaro

Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares

Highlights among the dozen salas of this impressive folk-art museum include a room set up as a typical Michoacán kitchen, cases of gorgeous jewelry, copperware, ceramics and guitars from Paracho, and an entire room …
Library in Pátzcuaro

Biblioteca Gertrudis Bocanegra

On the northern side of Plaza Chica and occupying the cavernous 16th-century Templo de San Agustín this stunning public library has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, oyster-shell skylights and a massive, very colorful mural…
Plaza in Pátzcuaro

Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra

Pátzcuaro’s second plaza, usually referred to as Plaza Chica, is officially named after a local heroine who was shot by firing squad in 1818 for her support of the independence movement. Her statue commands the cent…
Church in Pátzcuaro

Templo del Sagrario

This creaky church is one of Pátzcuaro's oldest and built on the site of a former hospital in the 16th century. Until the early 1900s, it housed the revered statue of Nuestra Señora de la Salud, which now takes prid…
Church in Pátzcuaro

Templo San Francisco

This pink-stone eclectic-style church has an impressive Plateresque-style doorway, an adjoining cloister and a 16th-century figure of Christ fashioned from cornstalk paste.
Viewpoint in Pátzcuaro

Volcán del Estribo

This hilltop lookout on an extinct volcano 3.5km west of the city center is a quintessential morning run for Pátzcuaro's more robust residents; but don't underestimate the altitude (2175m above sea level) or the ter…
Church in Pátzcuaro

Templo y Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús

Built in the 16th century, this church and college was the seat of the Jesuit order until 1767. The church is still in use and houses some Vasco de Quiroga relics in a tabernacle to the left of the main altar. The a…