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Temple of the Lord of the Hospital

Salamanca

Opposite the main garden and next to the City Hall is the neoclassical Templo del Señor del Hospital (Temple of the Lord of the Hospital). There, in the 16th century, there was a hospital for Otomí people founded by Michoacán Bishop, Vasco de Quiroga.

The current parish was consecrated until the last century, in 1924, and today houses the Black Christ of Salamanca, known as the Cristo del Hospital (Christ of the Hospital).

The Christ, reason for countless visits throughout the year, was made with corn cane more than 450 years ago in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. It’s 1.80 meters high, weighs 13 kilograms, arrived when Salamanca was still known as Xidoo and acquired the Cristo del Hospital name when years later the hospital was installed at the service of the natives.

A legend tells that initially the Christ image was white and acquired the black color to camouflage himself in the middle of the night. This, after a battle where the Spanish defeated the natives and the latter decided to take the image to Jilotepec.

Dreaming, one of them had an epiphany: the Christ asked to be left where he would be able to be permanently. Thus, he took it away and hid it near a river. When returning to continue the path, he discovered that the Christ had changed color to hide from enemies.

That’s why the image remains in Salamanca and maintains its black color.
Opposite the main garden and next to the City Hall is the neoclassical Templo del Señor del Hospital (Temple of the Lord of the Hospital). There, in the 16th century, there was a hospital for Otomí people founded by Michoacán Bishop, Vasco de Quiroga.

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The current parish was consecrated until the last century, in 1924, and today houses the Black Christ of Salamanca, known as the Cristo del Hospital (Christ of the Hospital).

The Christ, reason for countless visits throughout the year, was made with corn cane more than 450 years ago in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. It’s 1.80 meters high, weighs 13 kilograms, arrived when Salamanca was still known as Xidoo and acquired the Cristo del Hospital name when years later the hospital was installed at the service of the natives.

A legend tells that initially the Christ image was white and acquired the black color to camouflage himself in the middle of the night. This, after a battle where the Spanish defeated the natives and the latter decided to take the image to Jilotepec.

Dreaming, one of them had an epiphany: the Christ asked to be left where he would be able to be permanently. Thus, he took it away and hid it near a river. When returning to continue the path, he discovered that the Christ had changed color to hide from enemies.

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