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Santo Domingo picture in Oaxaca
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  • Calle de Macedonio Alcalá s/n, Centro
    68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico

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  • 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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#1 The Zocalo Oaxaca's main square – formally referred to as the Plaza de la Constitución de Oaxaca, but colloquially called the Zócalo – is a must-see. Skirted by cafes and eateries and bounded by the Palacio ... Read more » Darryl Leniuk / Getty Images

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#3 Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca is a regional culture museum that walks visitors chronologically from ancient times all the way to modern-day Oaxaca. Other halls are thematic, featuring ... Read more » NNehring / Getty Images

#4 Monte Alban Monte Albán, literally "White Mountain," contains the preserved ruins of a Zapotec city. Travelers will find pyramids, temples, plazas and more atop this mountain, which rises 1,300 feet above ... Read more » mikeblue / Getty Images

#5 Hierve el Agua Hierve el Agua – Spanish for "the water boils" – are natural mineral springs located on a clifftop, about a 90-minute drive from Oaxaca City. Along with swimming in the warm springs ... Read more » arturogi / Getty Images

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#7 Benito Juarez Market To get a taste of Oaxaca, visitors should head to the Benito Juarez Market (Mercado Benito Juárez). Different stalls purvey everything from crickets and mole to grilled meats and homemade ... Read more » Steve Silverman / Flickr

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The Zocalo is Oaxaca's central plaza, and it serves as a great place to relax at one of the many eateries and cafes. You can also pick up traditional Mexican souvenirs here.  Darryl Leniuk / Getty Images

This baroque convent-turned-church is praised for its gilded interior designs and stunning exterior architecture.  javarman3 / Getty Images

The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca adjoins the Templo de Santo Domingo and tells the stories of the regional people from ancient times to present day.  NNehring / Getty Images

The ruins of this Zapotec city rest 1,300 feet above the floor of the Oaxaca Valley.  mikeblue / Getty Images

Although it takes a little effort to reach Hierve el Agua from Oaxaca City, most travelers say the warm mineral pools and the breathtaking views are more than worth the effort.  arturogi / Getty Images

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You can pick up handicrafts, as well as fresh produce, herbs, and even clothing in the stalls at the Benito Juarez Market Steve Silverman / Flickr

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