Lighting up a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Morelia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with history and art, has been working with Citelum to roll out a far-reaching artistic lighting program since the early 2000s.

Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan de Ocampo, in central Mexico. Built in the 16th century, the city is a prime example of urban planning. At the crossroads of the medieval, renaissance, baroque, and neoclassical styles, the city is home to over two hundred monuments made from the region’s characteristic pink stone.

Since the early 2000s the city has been striving to:

  • Highlight its unique historical and artistic heritage
  • Boost attractiveness to draw in more tourists

Showcasing Morelia’s gems

With successful large-scale projects in Mexico City, Cholula, Oaxaca, and the state of Chiapas, Citelum was a natural choice for Morelia city planners for the city’s artistic lighting needs.

We rapidly developed a lighting masterplan for the city, immediately implementing a stunning design for Morelia’s Cathedral, a jewel of baroque architecture that was constructed over the 17th and 18th centuries. Since 2003, we have shown our artistic flair on almost forty of the city’s religious, institutional, civil, artistic, and cultural buildings. This includes the childhood home of Jose Maria Morelos, a priest who fought for Mexican independence and to whom the city owes its name.

Morelia, Mexico

  • 729,279 inhabitants
  • Project type: Lighting masterplan (for around forty buildings and outdoor works of art) and street lighting in the historic center
  • Date: 2003
  • Project length: 8 years