Built in the 16th century, Morelia is an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of the Spanish Renaissance with the Mesoamerican experience. Well-adapted to the slopes of the hill site, its streets still follow the original layout. More than 200 historic buildings, all in the region’s characteristic pink stone, reflect the town’s architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements. Morelia was the birthplace of several important personalities of independent Mexico and has played a major role in the country’s history.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Emperador Caltzontzin Theater||2020||48.4km||site_ao|
|Morelia Aqueduct Water Box||2020||2.5km||site_ao|
|The Former Chapel Hospital of Los Juaninos||2019||0.3km||site_ao|
|LU Cocina Michoacana||2019||0.3km||site_ao|
|‘Uandákua Tsïuaxati/Brota la Lengua’ (‘The Language Springs’)||2019||0.5km||site_ao|
|Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library||2019||48.4km||site_ao|
|‘People and Landscape of Michoacán’ Mural||2019||0.1km||site_ao|
|Rincón de Parangueo Crater||2017||80.4km||site_ao|
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Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.