The Former Hacienda of San Nicolás: a monumental legend in Tlayacapan
EXPERIENCE THE TRADITION OF COPPER HAMMERING
Copper hammering is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. The craft has its roots in the area dating back more than 800 years. Ornamental handcrafts are a legacy that Bishop Vasco de Quiroga promoted among the settlers. Trades such as foundry and hammering are very important here, they a way of life and the essential engine of the local economy.
VISIT A FORGE IN SANTA CLARA DEL COBRE
There are a number of workshops you can visit in the town. See how this trade unites families around the furnace. When the copper melts, everyone chips in to shape the pieces. Appreciate the work of the craftsmen and learn how they were supplied with copper from the nearby mines.
VISIT THE COPPER MUSEUM
Admire some pre-Hispanic pieces from the ancient Purepechas who worked with the metal before the arrival of the Spaniards. This collection of unique pieces has won national and international awards including the Hammered Copper Contest.
DON’T MISS THE ARTISAN’S HOUSE
Visit the school where the craft is taught to the children and teenagers who live in the region. More than eighty percent of the working age population takes part in the business.
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