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Feliz Navidad! A Christmas Tree for Book Lovers!

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This Christmas tree made from books is in the Biblioteca Gertrudis Bocanegra, a public library in Pátzcuaro, Michoacan, México. The library is located in Plaza Chica, officially known as Plaza Bocanegra. The library occupies a 16th-century the building that was a San Agustin church. It was built in 1574 and converted into a library in 1936. The mural in the background was created by Juan O’Gorman. It depicts Michoacán’s history beginning with the pre-Hispanic era and ending with the 1910 revolution. I visited this library when I lived in Pátzcuaro, and the mural is incredible. The building is located on a plaza with numerous small shops (tiendas) and a very large outdoor market (mercado). The plaza is always bustling with pedestrians, autos, taxis and public transportation vans (combis).

Thanks to Rick M. of Michoacán who granted permission to display his photograph.

Below is a picture of the exterior of the building.

Credit for this photo belongs to Wiper México, CC BY-SA 3.0,


  1. WendyW says:

    What a gorgeous church, and book tree!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lghiggins says:

      In the U.S. we think something is old if it is 100-200 years old. So many places in the rest of the world have buildings that are so much older. What is sad is when they are destroyed by wars.


  2. Gretchen says:

    I bet that mural is stunning in person! The book tree is clever. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lghiggins says:

    The mural is amazing, and I thought my bookish blogging friends would enjoy the tree.


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