Templo de las Monjas


This landmark church east of the cathedral and dedicated to Saint Catherine of Siena was built to house Dominican nuns in 1738. There's a celebrated painting of them moving into their new digs (which they would never again leave) in the Museo Regional Michoacano.

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1. Museo del Dulce

0.09 MILES

This mildly interesting museum is staffed by guides in period costume. Visitors are walked through the history of candy-making in Michoacán, from the…

2. Palacio de Gobierno

0.21 MILES

This 18th-century palace, originally a seminary and now housing Michoacán state government offices, has a simple baroque facade. Inside, its soaring…

3. Morelia Cathedral

0.25 MILES

Morelia’s cathedral, considered by many to be the country's most beautiful, dominates the city center, where it flanks rather than faces the central plaza…

4. Museo Casa de Morelos

0.28 MILES

This museum, arguably Morelia's best on the subject of José María Morelos y Pavón, resides in the former house of the independence hero, who bought the…

5. Museo de Arte Colonial

0.28 MILES

This ambitious museum contains five rooms chock-a-block with religious paintings and sculptures, including more than 100 depictions of the crucified…

6. Museo Casa Natal de Morelos


Independence leader José María Morelos y Pavón is king in Morelia – after all, the city is named after him. He was born at the site of this one-time casa…

7. Antiguo Palacio de Justicia

0.36 MILES

Facing the leafy expanse of Plaza de Armas, the Antiguo Palacio de Justicia is in fact two buildings rebuilt in 1884. Its intricate facade blends French…

8. Museo del Estado de Michoacán

0.37 MILES

A beautifully renovated 18th century casona (mansion), this museum hosts temporary exhibits and workshops often related to the history and culture of the…