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.
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.
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