Basilica Church in Patzcuaro (Video)

By Liliana Elena Gonzalez


The Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Salud (our Lady of La Salud) is the most important church in Pátzcuaro. It was built by order of the first bishop of Michoacan Don Vasco de Quiroga on top of a pre-Hispanic ceremonial center. The church served as the Cathedral until 1850, when that function was moved to Valladolid (now Morelia). This church was designated a basilica in 1924.

The facade of this church has a Neoclassical appearance. The Virgin of Health, the patron saint of the region, is honored here. It is a beautiful image molded in corn cane paste that dates from the XVI century. Don Vasco de Quiroga’s remains are entombed in this church.

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