September 29, 2013

A church turned into a library

In Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, the Ex Convento de San Agustín is now the Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library.

The church, built in 1576 by Augustinian friars, functioned as a convent until around 1850. After that the building was in charge of the Masons, the state of Michoacán government and the municipal government until it was abandoned.

In 1936, president Lázaro Cárdenas instructed to use the building for the Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library.

The place where the altar used to be is occupied by a beautiful mural made by the talented and renowned architect and painter Juan O’Gorman

The mural, signed in 1942, tells the story of Michoacán from  the Purépechas and their dominion, to Independence , through Vasco de Quiroga and a clear reference to Thomas More's Utopia, idea which inspired Vasco de Quiroga’s work in Michoacán.

Photographs and information by Beco (Alberto Alcocer)

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