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Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico — The Pacific Coast (and Central Highlands)
 

The Matamoros Portal

 
 
The Matamoros Portal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 27, 2019
1. The Matamoros Portal Marker
Inscription.  

20. - Portal Matamoros (Ecce homo)
El origen de los portales se remonta al seguimiento que los constructores del Siglo XVI dieron a las recomendaciones expresadas en Las Ordenanzas expedidas por Felipe II con respecto al trazado de las ciudades en Hispanoamérica. Una de las cuales mencionaba que: “Toda la plaza a la redonda, y las cuatro calles principales que de ella salen, tengan portales, porque son de mucha comodidad para tratantes que aquí suelen concurrir…”

El portal es un espacio semipúblico que se localiza al frente de la planta baja de las edificaciones relevantes, que conforman el entorno edificado de las plazas o espacios abiertos de la zona central de una ciudad con valor patrimonial. Morelia no ha sido la excepción y sus portales albergan el tránsito de personas, sirven de extension de las actividades internas de cada uno de los inmuebles que los delimitan y contienen elementos importantes del mobiliario urbano.

En la lucha por la independencia nacional se formaron los jefes del ejército. Gente de ocupaciones muy ajenas a la milicia, se improvisaron como oficiales y dirigentes
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militares del naciente ejército libertador y tras descalabros y derrotas adquirieron la experiencia que los condujo a muy sonados triunfos sobre tropas disciplinadas. Uno de esos generales improvisados fue Don Mariano Matamoros, quien era cura de Jantetelco al iniciarse la revolución de Hidalgo. De gran valor, talento y audacia, este patriótico guerillero fue por varios años el segundo de Morelos; lugar conquistado por Don Mariano a base de una entrega absoluta a la causa insurgente. Fue precisamente en este sitio donde el ilustre patriota fue fusilado por el ejército realista el tres de febrero de 1814.

El Portal Matamoros, antes Ecce Homo, está comprendido por cinco edificaciones de valor arquitectónico e histórico con usos mixtos que conforman un conjunto armonioso, a pesar de las diferencias formales entre ellas, destacándose los inmuebles que ocupan el Hotel Virrey de Mendoza, y el antiguo Cine Colonial.

English:
20. - "Matamoros” Portal (Former Ecce Homo Portal)
The origin of the portals goes back to the follow-up that 16th Century builders gave to the recommendations expressed in The Ordinances (“Las Ordenanzas”) issued by Phillip II regarding the outline of cities in Hispanic America, one of which mentioned that, "All of the plaza and its surroundings, and the four main streets arising from it, should have
The Matamoros Portal and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 27, 2019
2. The Matamoros Portal and Marker
The marker can be seen towards the right underneath an arch of the portal.
portals, because they are of much comfort for the dealers who usually concur here…”

The portal is a semipublic space located at the front of the ground floor of the relevant buildings which conform the built setting of the plazas or open spaces of the central area of a city with patrimonial value. Morelia is not the exception and its portals house the traffic of people, serve as an extension for the internal activities of each of the plots of real estate that delimit them and contain important elements of urban furnishings.

In the struggle for Mexican Independence, the heads of the army instructed themselves. People from occupations very different from the militia improvised themselves as officers and military heads of the rising liberator army, and after setbacks and defeats, they acquired the experience that led them to very significant triumphs over disciplined troops. One of these improvised generals was Don Mariano Matamoros, who was the parish priest of Jantelco when Hidalgo's revolution began. Of great courage, talent and audaciousness, this patriotic guerrilla head was during several years the second one after Morelos; which place was conquered by Don Mariano based on his absolute commitment to the Insurgent cause. It was precisely in this site that the illustrious patriot was shot by the royalist army on February third, 1814.

The "Matamoros"
The "Ecce homo" inscription on the Matamoros Portal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 27, 2019
3. The "Ecce homo" inscription on the Matamoros Portal
On the northern side of the portal is this inscription: Portal del Ecce Homo, 1774. Ecce homo means "behold the man" and are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of John. This phrase represents the moment when a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, was presented to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion.
Portal, previously Ecce Homo, is comprised of five buildings of architectural and historical value with mixed uses, which conform a harmonious whole, despite the formal differences among them, and the plots of real estate occupied by the "Virrey de Mendoza" Hotel and the ancient Colonial Movie House are outstanding.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
 
Location. 19° 42.172′ N, 101° 11.648′ W. Marker is in Morelia, Michoacán. Marker is at the intersection of Francisco I. Madero Poniente and Abasolo, on the left when traveling west on Francisco I. Madero Poniente. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morelia MIC 58000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mariano Matamoros (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza of the Martyrs and Founding of Morelia (within shouting distance of this marker); El Colegio Primitivo y Nacional de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (within shouting distance of this marker); José Guadalupe Salto (within shouting distance of this marker); "Galeana" Portal (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Sorinne Font (about 120 meters away); Consistorial House (about 120 meters away); Dr. Ignacio Chávez (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morelia.
 
Regarding The Matamoros Portal.
A view east from the Matamoros Portal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 27, 2019
4. A view east from the Matamoros Portal
The English inscription includes "which conform the built setting"; should have inserted "to" just after "conform".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on March 11, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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