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.
The Tzintzuntzan ruin has been partially restored to reveal its architecture that
includes curved stone platforms.
The round structures were built of stone on a huge artificial platform built into the side
of a hill with a view of Lake Patzcuaro.
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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  was home to to the
Tarascan culture that ruled the
area from the 12th Century until
the coming of the Spanish in the
early 16th Century.
Tzintzuntzan Ruin Site, Tarascan Ruins, Tzintzuntzan Patzcuaro,
Michoacan Mexico
Tzintzuntzan Ruin Site is a Tarascan culture site near the town
of Patzcuaro near Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan Mexico.  The
12 Century site of Zintzuntzan is built on a large artificial
platform  on a hillside location that overlooks Lake Patzcuaro.  
The Tzintzuntzan ruin was once faced in
volcanic stone, a remnant of which can be
seen still in place in the above photo.
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 Tzintzuntzan.  15 pesos
last bus returns at 6;30
Tzintzuntzan Museum displays artifacts
from the Tarascan culture.
Tzintzuntzan;s stone
facade has been
inscribed with
designs, some of
which still remain.
In the Patzcuaro
area, there are
several other sites
that show influence
from the Toltec and
from Teotihuacan
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.