San Nicolas de Hidalgo College

Morelia

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The first building that ever housed the San Miguel College and the San Nicolas Obispo College (now San Nicolas de Hidalgo) was founded in the 16th century. At first it was located in Patzcuaro because the Bishopric of Michoacan was settled there, but later, in 1580, both the Bishopric and the College were transferred to Morelia. The current College of San Nicolas de Hidalgo was built in the 17th century, in 1630, and it was considered one of the most important educational institutions in New Spain. During the French Intervention in Mexico the school remained closed and it did not reopen until 1867, after the fall of the Second Empire.

In 1887 the building was remodeled by the Belgian engineer Guillermo Woodon de Sorinne, and its façade has not been changed ever since. That same year, President Porfirio Diaz donated the statue of Miguel Hidalgo which now stands in the main courtyard.

In 1930 the building of the San Nicolas de Hidalgo College was declared a National Monument; Two years later, two murals were painted on the side walls of the second floor: "The defense of sovereignty" and "The Constitution of Apatzingan" both by the artist Fermin Revueltas. This institution was the alma mater of the priest Miguel Hidalgo, who eventually taught there too. Currently it houses a college preparatory school dependent on the Michoacán University.

Getting there

Av. Francisco I. Madero Pte. #352, Col. Centro. 58000 Morelia, Morelia

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