The event was part of a week-long celebration commemorating the 446th anniversary of the death of Don Vasco de Quiroga in 1565. Don Vasco was the visionary Spanish bishop, jurist and protector of the Indians in this region of Mexico. Heavily influenced by Thomas More's 1515 book Utopia, he set about organizing indigenous communities here along Utopian principals, and his influence is still apparent today as villages retain craft specialties established hundreds of years ago.
Nancy was nursing an irritated throat last evening, so I walked the five minutes to the Templo del Sagrario, encountering my friend Bernard coming out of his house along the way. Begun in 1693 and completed 200 years later, it's probably the most photographed building in Pátzcuaro. The windowed wall, old stone and general gravitas speak of its history.
|Templo del Sagrario on Lerín|
|Sagrario from the stairs|
|Sagrario seems cold and foreboding at night|
|Despite the cold exterior, the alter is filled with light|
|The University Choir|