Temples & Convents of Oaxaca


Dating back to the sixteenth century and mostly built of green quarry, the temples and convents of Oaxaca have stood as a symbol of the evangelization by the Spanish Catholic order "Way of the Cross" since the formation of the New Spain.

With the contribution of numerous indigenous artisans and craftsmen, these monumental constructions stand as a remembrance of the past, a testimony of the fusion of two great cultures. The constructions made by the natives fundamentally, under the direction of alarifes, supposed a titanic effort, to create pieces of art in temples and in the architecture of monumental convents, where the facades and the altarpieces with their sculptures and paintings are faithful foretellers of this magnificent achievement.

The temple and the former convent of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the origin of the temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe, hermitage built on a masonry beginning, dates back to 1644, was enlarged and instituted in the temple dedicated to the Virgin in 1650, year in which it was also blessed. The bell towers with modernist influence stand out from the rest of the façade. The lateral cover, as well as the chapel, are less interesting than the decoration of the interior.


Santo Domingo

The temple and former convent of Santo Domingo is located in the heart of the Historic Center of the city of Oaxaca, four blocks norht of the Central Square (Zocalo). The temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán in 1570 began its contruction in a space that included 24 plots, 20 of them donated to the Dominicans by the city council in 1550. It was inaugurated in 1608 still unfinished because of an urgent need for occupation by the Dominicans.

HistoryPatricia Benfield