History of the Former Convent of Saint Agustin

One of the sides of the Gertrudis Bocanegra Plaza in the beautiful city of Patzcuaro is the former Convent of Saint Agustin. Its façade looks like an ancient church, but upon entering, this place surprises us with something unexpected: a Public Library.

This temple was built in 1576 by Augustinian friars, in 1850 the monks who inhabited the convent were evicted and religious activities ceased. In 1936 this temple became what is today the Municipal Library Gertrudis Bocanegra by orders of Lazaro Cardenas, opening it to the general public. In its interior and as the main piece there is a great mural, created by the painter Juan O’Gorman, that narrates the history of Michoacan with images of indigenous inhabitants, Spaniards and one of the great protagonists of the history of this city, Don Vasco de Quiroga, as well as the image of Morelos.

Contained with a long line of booksellers, this library has a small collection of books of various subjects, a children’s room and a computer room, as well as a reading area. A good place to admire the ancient construction of this temple and sit down to read in a relaxed way. This site is currently managed by the SEP (Public Education Ministry) and is open from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

We invite you to discover more about the corners that the city of Patzcuaro hides, as well as its historiy and traditions. Do not worry about lodging, Best Western Posada Don Vasco offers you many amenities and is just 10 minutes away from the Historic center and the most visited places of Patzcuaro. Encourage yourself to discover one of the most interesting and beautiful colonial cities in Mexico.

Photo by: Michoacá