The word Pátzcuaro means “foundation place” in Purhépecha dialect, it was also called Petatzecua, which in turn means “stone of origin of man”, characterized by Cúes or temples that make reference to the ruins of an ancient and unknown civilization that were encountered by the prehispanic founders of the city.

Pátzcuaro lies in what once was the independent kingdom of Michoacán, whose capital was Naranxan before the thirteenth century.

 Later, Tzintzuntzan, meaning “humming bird place” became the capital and was repopulated by the illustrious Vasco de Quiroga in the year 1540.

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