Latin America’s Illuminated City Gets More lights

Morelia´s CathedralBy John K. Glaab, CIPS

Morelia is more than the political capital of Michoacan. It is also the cultural center. In 2003, the city embarked on an activity,” Plan Luz.” Buildings and historical monuments are lit up at night. The architecture is a true sixteenth century jewel…

In 2010, Morelia was named, “Latin America’s Illuminated City”, by the organization, Lighting Urban Community International. Created in 2002, at the behest of the City of Lyon, today LUCI is an organization of nearly 100 members, comprising around 63 cities covering four continents and 35 associated members (international companies, lighting designers and architects, universities, independent lighting professionals.)

One of the first buildings to be lit was the city’s magnificent cathedral. It has the second largest organ in Latin America. The cathedral is home to the annual International Organ Festival. Speaking of festivals, there is a new one starting almost every week. Among them are the International Organ Festival, Mariachi Festival, Cine Festival, Dance Festival and the popular International Music Festival, which honours a different country every year. Conservatorio de Las Rosas, founded in 1743 is said to be the oldest music conservatory in the new world. Along with the Cathedral it is lit up at night.

Plan Luz continues with new sites being added every year. At the end of 2011, there were 38 sites that are lit up each evening. This includes, buildings, monuments, and plazas. On Saturdays fireworks and music can be seen and heard in front of the cathedral. Locals and tourists alike crowd the closed Calle Madero.

Morelia is certainly a city worth visiting.

About the Author: John Glaab is a founding member of AMPI Los Cabos. A Certified International Property Specialist, he is active in the National Association of Realtors® Business Alliances group. John is Vice President of International Marketing for The Settlement Company® Mexico’s oldest escrow and title company.

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