Patzcuaro's Tzintzuntzan ruin site is built on a hillside above Patzcuaro Lake. The site offers a museum and an expansive group of stone buildings built by the Tarascan culture in the 12th Century AD.
Tzintzuntzan is Patzcuaro's largest site. There are several others in the area. The artistic style is well developed with influenced from the Toltec and from Teotihuacan
Tzintzuntzan Patzcuaro Ruin Site, Michoacan, Mexico
Tzintzuntzan is one of several Ruin Sites near the town of Patzcuaro on the shore of Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan State, Mexico. The 12 Century site of Zintzuntzan was built with a view of Lake Patzcuaro on a large platform above the lake.
Reach Tzintzuntzan from the town center of Patzcuaro via combi or collective taxis that leave from the old Plaza (Small Plaza)
By combi, (Micro van) first go to Station and then get a bus marked with orange for Tzintzuntzant.. 15 pesos
last bus returns at 6;30
Tzintzuntzan Ruin Site is a large site above the town near Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan Mexico. The 12 Century site of was built on a large stone platform built into a hillside location with a view of Lake Patzcuaro.
According to the explainitory signs throughout the Tzinzuntzan site, the name means place of the hummingbirds in the local language called Purepecha.
The site is believed to be the main site of the Tarascan culture. The stone structures built on top of a large stone platform at the side of a hill above lake Patzcuaro have curving sections that face the lake. Five buildings with curved semicircular fronts and rectangular backs are built in a line that runs paralell to the shore of the lake. Stairways lead to the top of these structures that are thought to be platforms for temples.
Tzintzuntzan is thought to have been a political and religious center where the ruling elite lived. At the height of the development of the Tarascan culture there were three sites, Ztintzuntzan, Ihuatzio, a nearby ruin, and at Patzcuaro, a site which is now beneath the Spanish era town.
The structures were made with unmortared basalt slabs faced with blocks of red volcanic rock held in place by mud based mortar. The structures were built over older and smaller constructions with a similar design. They were filled with stones and earth..
A model in the museum of the stone buildings shows the curved structures that face the lake.