Quick trip to Morelia, Michoacan!

Catedral de Morelia (San Salvador)
After a couple days in México City, my family and I went to see my dad's side of the family. My dad is from a small town in Michoacán, México. The day after we arrived, we decided to take a quick trip to Morelia, Michoacán to do some sightseeing and run some errands. Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán. In 1541, the Spanish founded the city on an Indian settlement, naming it Valladolid after a city in Spain. It replaced Pátzcuaro as the capital of Michoacán in 1582. It wasn't until 1828 that the city was renamed to Morelia in honor of José Maria Morelos, a locally born leader of the independence movement.

The drive was about an hour and a half long. Arriving to Morelia, we parked near the Catedral de Morelia (San Salvador) which is a Spanish Baroque-style, Roman Catholic cathedral. Construction of the church began in 1660 but was completed in 1744. Since blue is my favorite color, I loved the blue tiled dome on the cathedral.

Catedral de Morelia (San Salvador)
We found a trolley tour that gave us a quick tour around Morelia. It was nice seeing all the architecture of the city without having to walk around in the heat.

Inside our trolley
In our tour, we passed by the aqueduct of Morelia. The construction began in 1728, under the Bishop of Michoacán, Fray Antonio de San Miguel. It is about 1,700 meter's in length, and has 253 arches but only 234 can be seen since the rest are underground. The aqueduct was built for two reasons: to bring drinking water to the city and to provide work for the indigenous people of the region.

Morelia's Aqueduct
One of the stops of the tour was El Santuario de Guadalupe, which looks like a plain church from the outside as seen on the bottom left photo. This church was under construction from 1708 to 1716. Once you step inside, it is beautifully decorated by a local artesan Joaquin Ortega in pink, red, golden colors and with gold leaf.  They're so many intricate details, I wish I would've taken more pictures.

El Santuario de Guadalupe
Inside of the El Santuario de Guadalupe
I have a couple of pictures left from my last stop on this trip to México. Comment below and let me know if you'd like to see more from this trip or if you'd like to see other type of blog posts!

📷 Photographs were taken on Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom 140 with Fujifilm Fujicolor 200.

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