- Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Dating back to 1555, the Templo de Santo Domingo acted as a convent and church before being used as military barracks in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the convent portion of the building contains the Santo Domingo Cultural Center's Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca and botanical garden. But the real feast for the eyes is the church itself, which is outfitted in baroque design, applied in gold leaf and other rich materials. And don't forget to look up: The domed ceiling is covered in medallions featuring Catholic martyrs.
Even visitors who have traveled extensively and seen many of the world's most beautiful churches say the Templo de Santo Domingo wins the prize. The ceiling, they say, is unparalleled.
Templo de Santo Domingo is open to visitors from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, it's open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. You'll find it about a 10-minute walk north of the Zócalo. For a scenic route, take the Andador de Macedonia Alcala pedestrian walkway. For more information, check out Visit Mexico's website.
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