Mexico/Michoacan: Morelia

Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán and a UNESCO World Heritage site for its intact colonial architecture and wealth of its churches. The city was founded and built by the Spanish after their conquest of the native Tarascans in 1541. The massive baroque Morelia Cathedral dominated the town’s main square, and it took 100 years to built starting in 1640. Directly opposite the Cathedral is an equally Grand and ornate Palacio de Gobierno, built in 1760. Another absolute gem is Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima, simple from the outside, but insanely lavish inside. And there’s so much more Templo de San Agustin, Templo de o Merced, two theaters, several squares, tons of monuments – all in squeaky perfect condition.