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Morelia

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World heritage site · Landmarks · Fountains
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. The city is in the Guayangareo Valley and is the capital and largest city of the state. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the Purépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time. The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s. The Spanish under Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza founded a settlement here in 1541 with the name of Valladolid, which became rival to the nearby city of Pátzcuaro for dominance in Michoacán. In 1580, this rivalry ended in Valladolid’s favor and it became the capital of the colonial province. After the Mexican War of Independence, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos, who hailed from the city. In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.HistoryHuman settlements in the Guayangareo Valley in which Morelia is located have been dated back as far as the 7th century. Artifacts found here have shown Teotihuacán culture influence on early cultures in this area. In the 12th century, the Purépecha arrived in the valley. They dominated it politically for the rest of the pre-Hispanic period but did not build any major settlements here. Between the 12th and the 15th century, Matlatzincas moved into the area with permission of the Purépechas, who were based around nearby Pátzcuaro Lake. The main Matlatzinca settlement was where Júarez Plaza in the city is today.
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Neighborhood
Centro Historico de Morelia
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Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Guadalupe Sanctuary
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Landmark
The Aqueduct
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Catedral de Morelia
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Morelia

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Historic Site
Santa Clara del Cobre Patzcuaro
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio Uruapan
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
House of Eleven Patios (Casa de los Once Patios) Patzcuaro
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud Patzcuaro
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Morelia

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Educational Site
Conservatorio de las Rosas
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Educational Site
The Cultural House (Casa de Cultura)
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Government Building
Government Palace
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Morelia

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Water Park
Villa Longin
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Observatory
Planetario de Morelia
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Parque Zoologico Benito Juarez
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Morelia

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Altozano Morelia
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mercado de Dulces Y Artesanias Morelia
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Las Americas
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Morelia

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Church
Parroquia de la Inmaculada de Morelia
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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