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Santo Domingo Church Mexican Baroque. Oaxaca

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Published on Apr 29, 2010

Majestic, magnificent, unique, the temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán rises above the center of the city of Oaxaca carrying on its ancient walls a long history.

The Dominican order began construction of this complex in 1570. Its sober baroque style, which is notable in its façade where its most notable element is the portal of the temple, of three main parts and finishing which shows an Hipólito in bass relief handing over the Oaxacan diocese to Santo Domingo. Above the window of the choir loft can be seen the shield of the order and the representations of the theological virtues.

The interior decoration of the temple, made fundamentally of polychrome and gold plated plaster, is one of the most important examples of the Mexican baroque style; in the first vault is the exceptional genealogical tree of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

The chapel of the Rosary deserves a chapter of its own. It was added in the 18th century and its golden vault has a virgin in the center is surrounded cherubs and the figures of the apostles. The altar, where an image of the virgin namesake was placed is no less baroque than the rest of the decoration.

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