HOSPITAL DE SANTA MARTA, SANCTUARY, PARISH or SACRARIUM
We are referring to the several titles that have been given to this edifice, according to the original concept in which the Purhépechas needed both material and spiritual assistance. Tata Vasco was already bishop when he founded this hospital between 1536 and 1540, and it had the same functions as the Santa Fe de México and the Santa Fe de la Laguna hospitals. On the east side of this building, opposite the collegial church, stands a lovely arcade that defines Lerín street. North of this arcade is located a sunken fountain that dates from the construction of the main building. The Virgin of Health was located here for 191 years, until 1908 when she was transferred to the Basílica.
CONVENTO DOMINICO DE SANTA CATARINA
(HOUSE OF THE 11 COURTS)
The only derivative religious institution of Santo Domingo that existed in Pátzcuaro was this one. A convent was established halfway trough the 18th century in the place that belonged according to was the hospital of Santa Marta. This house exhibits great splendor. It boasts capitals, arches, richly carved architraves, with keystones in its center. In addition it contains a highly interesting bath, with an extremely rich Baroque portal. This bath is of incomparable value if we take into account the scarcity of places designed for this use in those days. This is a beautiful and elegant building, perhaps the most evocative in Pátzcuaro. At present, the edifice houses the shops and studios of many regional artisans. A visit is very important if you want visit with the artisans as they produce their beautiful crafts.
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