Tzintzuntzan, one of the Pueblos Magicos (magical towns) of Michoacan (a state in Mexico). The Sunday Traveler has been in love with this little town from first hearing its name. It had been put near the top of the personal bucket list years ago. And here I finally was. Magical, I thought, as I got out of the car and set foot on its cobblestone streets so many years later.
The peoples who came to this area around 1200 AD, the Tarasco people (sometimes called Purepecha), eventually created Tzintzuntzan as their capital. The name translated to English is the City of Hummingbirds.
We walked onto the grounds of the Templo de la Soledad, the main church in a huge larger than football stadium sized area filled with ancient olive trees and another smaller church, Templo San Francisco, built for the Purepecha.
A few random photos continue. This little town contained so much history, rich cultural history, that I will divide posts up into blocks over the next couple of Sundays; there is an old convent here by the church, a Franciscan convent that houses incredibly old and beautiful frescoes on its walls that are being restored, as well as pieces of art history; that is coming next week. But in the meantime, here are those first glimpses of this magical town; walk along with me
Tzintzuntzan, Mich. (place of hummingbirds).