martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

Temple of La Compañía in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán

Temple of La Compañía in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, dating from the 16th century, is located just up the street from Hotel Mansión Iturbe. 

Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan

The Temple was built between 1540 and 1546, and served as interim Cathedral from 1546 to 1565, when it passed into the hands of the Jesuit order.

Temple of la Compañía in Pátzcuaro, Michoacan
Temple of la Compañía in Pátzcuaro, Michoacan

This historic monument, according to the booklet ofthe Cultural Heritage of Patzcuaro: "is in the traditional construction of the 16th century XVI of Latin design; i.e., of a main vault” with two areas side that form the cross Latin, and that harkens to Renaissance fortifications in Spain."

Temple of La Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Temple of La Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan

One of the first things we notice is the gorgeous, ancient wooden floor, and then looking about, we notice also that the building is amazingly well preserved. We are drawn to the religious images which, interestingly, wear the traditional attire of the indigenous Purépecha.

Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Temple of la Companía in Pátzcuaro
Temple of la Companía in Pátzcuaro

In the Temple of La Compañía, we find paintings by the colonial painter Juan Miranda, including an image of Santa María Mayor.

Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacán
Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacán
Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro
Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacán

Outside, we see a clock, purportedly a gift from the King of Spain, Felipe II, to Pátzcuaro.

Temple of la Compañia in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Temple of la Compañía in Patzcuaro, Michoacan

During your tour of the main historical attractions of Patzcuaro, the Templo of La Compañía should be near the top of your list of buildings of greatest historical and cultural value. What’s better yet, just a few steps away you'll find the Sagrario – an icon of Pátzcuaro with its familiar archways looking onto the street – and the Museum of Arts and Popular Industries of Pátzcuaro.

If you walk out the front door of Mansion Iturbe, turn left, and walk up the hill, you will find the Museum to the left of the fountain. The Templo of La Compañía will be the ancient church to the right, across the street.  It’s another gem!

*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansion Iturbe in Pátzcuaro.


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Hotel Mansión Iturbe

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