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The first Convent in the Americas

Article Summary   by:Carloslucio     Original Author: Carloslucio Ramos
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The Mexican state of Morelos has a unique experience for travellers in search of cultural, religious and ecological tourism in the form of temples, icons, rich colour handcrafts, great lanscapes and historical art pieces which are supreme in its beauty and cultural value.

Eight counties or "municipios" shares with visitors its architectural magic, traditional food and a warm friendly human sensation all over. These villages are Ocuituco, Totolapan, Yecapixtla, Tetela del Volcán (Popocatépetl), Atlatlahucan, Cuautla, Zacualpan and Tlayacapan.

Known as the "East Corridor of the Convents", the destination is only 90 minutes away from Mexico City. Apart of some 15 historical religious sites, all its villages offers traditional food and folklorical, natural splendid targets for photographers.

The first Convent of the Americas, in Ocuituco, it''s a great opportunity to see and "to feel". Located at the center of the town, this building of the St. Agustin Order dates from 1,533 a.D. and was eventually the house of the first bishop in Mexico: Fray Juan de Zumárraga, who mantained a personal room or "cell" there.

Known as "Ex Convento de Santiago Apóstol", the modest temple (compoared with all convents) includes in its central garden the unique "Fuente de los Leones" or Fountain of the lions, which shows some strange beast heads created by indigenous sculptors, following orders of the monks to "interpret" animals the local inhabitants have simply never seen before.
A spectacular succession of cloisters with restored mural paintings, sculpture, bells, wooden gates, iron portics, etcetera, are only a few of the interesting marvels the visitor can discover in these area of Morelos. Combined with natural sorroundings near the Iztaccíhuatl ("Sleeping Woman") mountain and the Popocatépetl volcano, where camping and walking is always possible and secure for everyone.

(You can ask me for photographs.)
Published: February 29, 2008   
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