Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Churches in Patzcuaro,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
This Colonial town with
its blend of indigenous culture is an intriguing place to walk around. There
street food - and a variety of
Take a stroll with us around Patzcuaro!
Parroquia del Santuario de Guadalupe
This temple to the Virgin of Guadalupe
was built by Feliciano Ramos in 1833. Ramos arrived from Havana, Cuba to
Mexico as a slave of a Spanish family.
After a time, he gained his freedom due
to his good behavior and later became a brilliant and very successful
Basilica of Our Lady of Health
Up the hill east of the center of
town is the Basilica of Our Lady of Health - which happens to be Patzcuaro's
Patron Saint. It is said that this Virgin performs miracles, and many people
pay homage to the Basilica with offerings to Her.
Quiroga - a main character in the development of the town itself and the
indigenous people native to Patzcuaro- is buried here.
In front of the Basilica is a very
reasonably priced open-air market which opens daily, featuring
A cracked church bell
Before modern communications, church bells were a common way to call the
town together for all purposes, both religious and for community matters.
ringing of church bells called
people to prayer, and it was believed to suppress storms and repel demons.
There were signals given for a death in the village. The bells would ring 3
times in a series of 3 for a man, 2 times in a series of 3 for a woman, and
1 ring three separate times for a child. then the bell would ring out the
age of the deceased.
The bells were also used as clock chimes
Templo de Compania
This yellow church was the Jesuit
headquarters. Jesuits arrived in Michoacan in 1574 to educate the native
peoples in the Catholic faith.
The white facade on the left is the
facade of the Jesuit college. Inside the building is a large patio and quiet
Today this building serves as the main
office to the House of Culture. To the right, outside the photo is the
Templo del Sagrario.
Another ancient bell tower
The size of a typical church bell is 28
inches or larger and the weight is 400 pounds and up. Most are cast bronze
and have a deep rich tone.
To give you an example of bell size
comparison, the 1876 Centennial Bell weighs 13,000 pounds. The St. Paul's
Cathedral in London, England houses Great Paul, which is the largest bell in
the British Isles at 16.5 tons.
Beautiful bell tower
I hadn't really thought about bells
before. But there are bells for churches, ships, courthouses, academies,
factories and farms. Each has a special weight, sound and purpose for
When I see bell towers I think of my
Grandfather who, as a child, took a job as a bell ringer in a church in
Austria. He used the tower as a shelter for a while before he emigrated to
the United States.
The Biblioteca Gertrudis
Near La Plaza Chica
This building is now a public library,
but was constructed in 1576 as an Agustinian Convent. On the back wall of
this library is an impressive and colorful mural by Juan O'Gorman.
La Plaza Chica, also known as La Plaza de
Gertrudis Bocanegra, is named for a local heroine who was executed by firing
squad for supporting Mexico's Independence movement.
local market sets up at the
corner of this plaza every day from about 9 to 5. You can find fruit,
vegetables, fish, meats, herbal medicines and yummy street food. There are
also some local arts and crafts.
Templo del Sagrario
beautiful old majestic temple
was founded by Bishop Vasco de Quiroga in 1540.
It is one of the most photographed
churches in Patzcuaro.
Bell of steel blue/gray
We heard bells pealing in Patzcuaro and
also in Morelia. Such a beautiful
If you are ever in Patzcuaro, take a
wander around the town!
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