Morelia Quick Facts
Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán in Mexico. The city is located at 19°42’00?N, 101°11’00?W in the region of the Guayangareo valley, surrounded by the Punhuato and Quinceo hills. In 2003 the estimated population was 568,700 people.
The city’s Historic Downtown Area is a UN designated World Heritage Site, and houses many beautiful colonial buildings and churches.
The Historic Downtown Area encompasses 150 city blocks at the city center, roughly corresponding to the urban area of the city at the end of the XVIII century. The Centro Historico is a treat to the eyes containing over 1,000 historical buildings and sites. It is wonderfully clean and has many attractions for tourists. One of the main attractions for tourists is the Catedral de Morelia. Also interesting is the Casa del Arte where you can find a large variety of high quality artisanal works. The monumental aqueduct, built in colonial days to bring water into town, was functional through 1910. The inner city is built of reddish sandstone, lending the city a unique character among Mexico’s many noteworthy colonial cities and giving origing to the name “Ciudad de las Canteras Rosas” that is sometimes used in referrence to Morelia.
At the southern edge of the city is the beautiful mountain range called Santa Maria, which houses some of the best (and most expensive) residential districts, private sector schools and universities. The main university is the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, founded in 1551 under the name of Colegio de San Nicolás by Vasco de Quiroga, first bishop of Michoacán, and is one of the oldest universities in America, and one of the most importants public universities of Mexico.