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House of Eleven Patios (Casa de los Once Patios)

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Address: Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Description: This former convent is now the best place in town to shop for arts and...
This former convent is now the best place in town to shop for arts and crafts from a slew of various vendors.
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This ancient building which used to house a nuns monastery is a complex which has 11 inner patios. Now-a-days it houses several ateliers of local michaoacan handicraft artists... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This ancient building which used to house a nuns monastery is a complex which has 11 inner patios. Now-a-days it houses several ateliers of local michaoacan handicraft artists who work on most of their products right in this place and sell these in their tiny stores. Besides the top quality products and moderate prices, walking around these patios is a... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This restaurant oozes with charm, history, light and great food. There are few restaurants that compare. Check it out- you will be happy you did.

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Erongaricuaro, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Once Patios is shopping at its best. Wander around this old convent and discover the arts of Michoacan. All the crafts of the area are displayed and sold, usually by the artist who made them. HINT: Go to top, left corner store for the best embroidered clothing.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Built as a convent in 1740, it is replete with artisanal shops, specializing in local crafts practiced since the mid-sixteenth century. There are many restful nooks and pleasant benches. The colonial town, central square and hotels all are nearby.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Although not all the shops are open all the time, the artisans who sell their work here are all first rate. The shops are usually artists' cooperatives and it is fun to talk to the artists. You will learn a lot about how things are made.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This delightful historic site was constructed in 1742 for Dominican nuns of the order of Santa Catarina de Sena. In the west corridor, the oldest part of the complex, there is a fountain and a Baroque portal leading to a room that had a bathtub with hot and cold running water, a rare luxury at the time and is well... More 

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SAINT PETERSBURG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We visited this old hacienda one evening as it was quite close to our hotel. The grounds are very lovely. All the rooms are now custom individual craft shops. The items looked similar to what is generally available. We eventually found the old 16th century bath and portion of aqueduct the guide book mentioned, but were just about ready to... More 

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A great old building now used by handicrafters practicing local folkart traditions.It's in a tranquil location.

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Vernon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

All the buildings are beautifully maintained and filled with the artisans demonstrating their craft. Amazing weaving, pottery, wood works and much much more. Wander the different rooms and enjoy everything - so many beautiful works of art.

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Located 1 block off the main plaza, this collection of shops sells items made locally at very reasonable prices. I would not pass up an item you like because you think you might get it cheaper somewhere else.

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