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Morelia (also known as Valladolid from 1545 to 1828 AD) is a historic city,
capital and municipality of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. It is
in the Guayangareo Valley and is situated on the banks of Rio Grande de
Morelia river between Mexico City and Guadalajara. This mid-16th
century city was later a Colonial Spanish stronghold. A good way to start
exploring Morelia goes through its the Plaza de los Martires, a city square
that features ornate arcades and elaborately designed terraces on the
nearby houses. Also, of note here is Palacio de Gobierno, a classic
signature of Baroque architecture that features murals depicting the
history of independence and Mexico's revolution.
Thins to do in Morelia
Built over a 100 years period from 1640 AD, Morelia Cathedral is a
centrally-located, pinkish-brown cathedral located in the city's main
square. Built of trachyte stone, this superb signature of Baroque
architecture is topped with azulejo-decorated dome. The Morelia Cathedral’s
interiors feature many remarkable 300-year-old paintings.
Palacio de Gobierno (The Government Palace)
Located opposite to the Morelia Cathedral in the same public square is
another gold standard of Baroque architecture in Morelia- the Government
Palace. Built in 1770, this two-story building hosts the residence of the
state legislature and is hallmarked by many artistic mid-20th
The Church of Santa Rosa de Lima
The Church of Santa Rosa de Lima is a late 16th century church in Morelia.
It is built as a sum of Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. The
church is known for its gilded and painted retablos. It is flanked by one
of the oldest music college of America named St. Rose of Lima College.
Best Time to Visit Morelia
Rainy season (the months from July to September) are the best to book your
flights from Oakland to Morelia. Book your flights from OAK to MLM during
this time of the year to have a great time exploring the architectural
marvels of the city and its distinguished Colonial history. It is advised
to book Morelia flights in advance to avoid paying more during peak season.