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Morelia is the capital city of the state of Michoacán. The city is in the Guayangareo Valley in central Mexico.
The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s and 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 in 1828, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos y Pavón, who was born here.
The 17th century saw growth for Valladolid, with the construction of the cathedral and aqueduct. The cathedral was begun in 1660 (finished in 1774) and the aqueduct in 1785. During the 17th century, many of the city’s large churches and monasteries were established, such as the monasteries of San Francisco, San Agustin, El Carmen and La Merced as well as the convents of Las Rocas, Las Monjas and Capuchinas.

In 1991, Morelia's Historic Centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its notable Baroque- and Plateresque-style architectural treasures built during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Various scenes around Morelia.
The Palacio Clavijero, one of the most important Baroque Monuments built in the 17th Century.
Cafes besides the Jardin de Las Rosas, a popular meeting area. One can listen to the music from the Conservatorio de Las Rosas across the park. This Baroque Temple and adjoining building date from the 18th century. The Conservatory building originally housed the School of Santa María from 1738 until the 19th century. The building became a conservatory of music in the late 1940s and today it houses the internationally renowned Coro de los Niños cantores de Morelia (Boys’ Choir) in addition to the Music School.


Inside the Hotel De La Soledad, the oldest hotel in Mexico, in continuous operation since 1752, was voted to have the most beautiful colonial patio of the old Valladolid.
Views of the Cathedral and Aqueduct. Built of pink cantera stone, the Cathedral's two sixty meter high towers dominate the skyline, and are the second tallest Baroque towers in Mexico. The aqueduct has 253 Baroque style arches. Bishop Friar Antonio de San Miguel ordered its construction in 1785 to bring potable water to the city.
Inside the Palacio de Justicia with is formidable mural and elegant courtyard.
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