The arts and
crafts market in the center of town is the main attraction in
Tzintzuntzan (seen-soon-sahn) but there is also the very interesting grounds of
the monastery and the ruins on the hill behind called Yacatas (Yácatas).
The construction of the large Franciscan monastery of Santa Ana began in 1526. They saved a great deal of time and labor by tearing down much of the Purépecha temples.
After 100 years as a monastery it was converted to a school
until 1964. Now it's open to public at no charge.
The olive trees on the grounds are said to be the oldest in