lunes, 31 de julio de 2017

Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan

The Museum of the old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana is a place that we recommend to visit to our guest at Hotel Mansión Iturbe when they visit Tzintzuntzan.


The Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan
The Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan

Our friend Andrew Carhartt and American resident living in Pátzcuaro share with us his experience from his last visit to this unique place:


"The Antiguo Convento Franciscano de Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan has always been an intriguing attraction overlooking the 500-year-old olive grove in front of the temples of Tzintzuntzan.  Construction of the building was completed in 1597.

We posted a blog about the Antiguo Convento Franciscano de Santa Ana Tzintzuntzan in 2012.  It was undergoing renovation then….

It is now the Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano de Santa Ana, the renovation completed under the auspices of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). 


Outdoor Chapel in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán
Outdoor Chapel in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán

The third archway to the left in the above image is a “capilla abierta,” or “outdoor chapel.”  It was here that, supposedly, Vasco de Quiroga performed his first mass in the region.
The middle archway in the first image is the entrance to the Museum ($20 pesos).  


An 86-page booklet about the Museum is available at the front desk.  A donation is requested.

The first half of the booklet contain good, general historical information about the indigenous Purépecha; the second half is dedicated to the Museum and how it was previously used as a monastery.

The archway to the right in the first image is the entrance to the “sanctuary.”

There are numerous ancient petroglyphs embedded in walls throughout.


Ancient Petroglyphs at the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan
Ancient Petroglyphs at the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan


There are many restored murals depicting historical events and occasions.



Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan
Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan


Mural at the Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan
Mural at the Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan

This Museum experience is a fine one, with many centuries-old artifacts, such as a beautiful life-size figure of Santa Ana, and an elaborate incense burner."


Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan
Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan


Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan
Museum of the Old Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan


*Please notice that the price of the entrance to the Museum can change.

We appreciate the collaboration of our friend Andrew Carhartt to make this article for our Hotel Mansión Iturbe blog.


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México

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