A Colonial History In Stone

Santa María Magdalena Cuitzeo

Santa María Magdalena Cuitzeo is one of the most magnificent 16th century monastery built by the Augustinian missionaries in the western province of Michoacán.

This ex-convent are filled with imagery of Christian faith. In the room above, you are able to see a fresco depicting Mary Magdalene holding a jar filled with oil and washing the feet of Jesus. In the cloisters, the Capitulary Hall also houses the convent’s nearly 1,100-volume bibliographic and documentary archives, most dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

 

Dancers

You never know what you’ll run into strolling in Mexico City centro late at night. I was treated with some traditional dancing for indigenous culture. Even though it was pitch black, the illumination from the street lamps nearby gave the scene a very mellow and silky look.

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Casa de la Real Aduana

Our Lady of Guadalupe  is a Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary. The original Aztec word was Coatlaxopeuh, which means “The one (female) that defeat the snake”. The icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image.

Reflection

Church and Convent of San Francisco

Morelia in Michoacan, Mexico is named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.

The Church and Convent of San Francisco in Morelia is one of the two oldest religious buildings in the historic centre. The architectural style of this building is known as plateresqueis from the Spanish Renaissance. The exterior of the convent spots Moorish windows on the second floor while the interior courtyard is reminiscient of the medieval period.

Mojiganga

Mojigangas

Mojigangas are giant dancing puppets made of paper, cardboard and cloth. These dancing puppets are an essential part of fiestas throughout Mexico. It was rumoured that this tradition was brought over by the Spaniards around the 1600’s. The Mojigangas were used primarily to evoke joy during important religious pilgrimage at that time.