THE PLAZAS OF PÁTZCUARO
Pátzcuaro, noble city of the viceregal epoch, enjoys many beautiful and important plazas, also listed here according to location, and beginning with:
SQUARE OF THE BASÍLICA
On the airy slope which constitutes the plaza of the Basílica, there lies a lovely garden independent of the church atrium, which because of its hillside location affords a memorable view of the city and of Lake Pátzcuaro, framed by green and distant mountains.
SQUARE VASCO DE QUIROGA
This is one of the grandest colonial plazas in the Americas, surrounded by arched portals and beautiful colonial houses. It is a curious thing that in the plazas of this epoch and it only happens here in Pátzcuaro that there are no churches on the plaza, only individual homes and buildings around the circumference. This arrangement is due to the fact that the downtown (as well call it) in prehispanic times was used for dwellings and shops, leaving the uphill areas for ceremonial and ritual sites. As in other cities constructed on top of prehispanic sites, the churches that exist now were built on top of the old ceremonial sites. The main plaza also contains three fountains; the central one includes a statue of the illustrious person for whom the plaza is named.
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