lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018

Tzintzuntzan and Its Guadalupe Chapel


There are places to visit near Pátzcuaro that will surprise you.  We at Hotel Mansion Iturbe invite you to “think outside the box,” and seek out places off the beaten path.  There is artistic and history richness at every turn, as well as locals just waiting for you to strike up a conversation. 

Tzintzuntzan and its Guadalupe Chapel
Tzintzuntzan and its Guadalupe Chapel
Tzintzuntzan is the ancient capital of the Purépecha kingdom.  It’s also a “Pueblo Mágico”, and is clearly a must when you explore the surroundings of Pátzcuaro.  Leaving Tzintzuntzan, heading toward a Quiroga, you will see a sign for Ojo de Agua.  There you will find a small chapel, which will surprise and delight you.

Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán
Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán
The chapel, dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, dates back to the seventeenth century.  The current decor, wooden vault, and the altarpiece of the high altar, however, are more recent modifications.

Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan
Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan
The people in the community responsible for the maintenance of the place are very friendly and happy to give an explanation of the history of the chapel.  It’s clear that the caretakers adore this little chapel; there are always fresh-cut flowers inside, giving the beautiful chapel “Guadalupana” a cheerful and colorful look.
Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan
Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan

For art lovers and the Mexican folk culture admirers, details leap out at you. This beautiful chapel is home to “pasta de caña” (corn stalk paste) religious figures and lovely pieces of colonial art.
Christ made of corn stalk in Tzintzuntzan
Christ made of corn stalk in Tzintzuntzan

Christ made of corn stalk in Tzintzuntzan
Christ made of corn stalk in Tzintzuntzan

You’ll fine lovely, vibrant Mexican hand embroidery around the main altar.
Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán
Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán

And check out the lovely candles!
Candels at the Chapel of Guadalupe in Tzintzuntzan
Candels at the Chapel of Guadalupe in Tzintzuntzan

The atrium of the chapel is now a beautiful garden with cantera stone figures, also made by artisans of the region.
Cantera Stone Cross at the Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan
Cantera Stone Cross at the Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan

Finally, opposite the chapel, you’ll get a breathtaking panoramic view of the lake.

The garden outside the Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan
The garden outside the Guadalupe Chapel in Tzintzuntzan 
We encourage you to discover little-known places and unique experiences around Lake Pátzcuaro.  Start planning your next getaway to our neck of the woods and comes in contact with the local culture you thought you knew!


*Text and pictures, property of Hotel Mansión Iturbe


We invite you to check our blog, you will find information about Pátzcuaro and its surroundings that we hope will be useful for your next trip to our colonial town in Mexico.

Here are some post that we suggest you:

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The Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacan

Fatima’s Shrine, Tacámbaro, Michoacán


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México
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