Morelia lies a four hour bus ride west of Mexico City. I was feeling too lazy to attempt to find a bus into the centre of town when I arrived at the bus terminal so took a taxi instead. Which turned out to be very good move as by the time we arrived at my hostel, the light drizzle I’d been greeted with had turned into cloudburst. The streets were turning into rivers and just grabbing my packpack out of the boot and dashing across the road was enough for me to get drenched.
Although a state capital and clearly having the usual sprawl of reinforced concrete and breezeblock suburbs, the historic centre feels like a small country town. The buildings are low – many only having one storey to the street – and the feeling relaxed. The cathedral bisects what was once a large open space into two, one half having a large cast iron bandstand. All of the buildings surrounding the space have an open arcade on the ground floor which was apparently specified in a 16th century Spanish royal decree on how towns should be built in ‘New Spain’.
The town has a 17th century aqueduct and, of course, a lot of churches. The UNESCO website notes that overall it is “an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of the Spanish Renaissance with the Mesoamerican experience”.
For the Lego model I’ve chosen one of the arcaded corner buildings: