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Yuriria: 16th century convent in Guanajuato by Darian Day and Michael Fitzpatrick

Yuriria's Ex-Convento is among the largest in Mexico and resembles, as do many ex-convents, a medieval fortress. Its resemblance to a fortress is no accident. As a result of the Spanish settlements during the mid-1500s, the area became a war zone with ongoing clashes between the local people and the Spanish Crown. Conventos were erected all over Mexico; by the end of the 16th century, only 75 years after the Conquest, there were 400 monasteries in Mexico.

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Afternoon in Yuriria: a 16th century convent in Guanajuato Darian Day and Michael Fitzpatrick

It was a chance thing, really. We were heading for Patzcuaro, almost due south of Guanajuato where we had spent the past several days on a photography and business junket. While we were checking out of... read more
Published or Updated on: March 1, 2010 by Darian Day and Michael Fitzpatrick © 2010
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Darian Day and Michael Fitzpatrick's beautiful photographs of Mexico are available at Olden Mexico as museum quality prints, canvases, and cards.

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