The Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center stands as a magnificent testament to the region’s rich history and cultural heritage. My visit to this iconic landmark was an immersion into a world where art, religion, and history converge in stunning harmony.
The green rock used in the construction of Santo Domingo Church in Oaxaca is known as “cantera verde” or green cantera. Cantera is a type of volcanic stone that is common in Mexico and is highly valued for its durability and beauty. The green variant of this stone, characterized by its distinctive greenish hue, is especially prized for architectural and artistic uses. It’s been a popular material in various historic and significant buildings throughout Mexico, particularly in regions where this type of stone is naturally abundant.
Originally founded by the Dominican Order in the 16th century, the church has witnessed the ebb and flow of time, surviving through various historical epochs. It stands not just as a place of worship but as a symbol of the endurance and resilience of Oaxacan culture.
Upon entering, I was awestruck by the ornate interior. The church’s lavish decorations, gilded with gold leaf and adorned with intricate religious imagery, are a breathtaking display of Baroque artistry.
The meticulous detail in every corner speaks volumes of the skill and devotion of its creators. The interior of Santo Domingo Church is the work of local artisans, whose craftsmanship has been passed down through generations.
The church underwent a significant restoration in recent decades, revitalizing its structure and artwork. Adjacent to the church, the Cultural Center further enriches the experience. It houses a vast collection of artifacts and exhibits that delve into the diverse aspects of Oaxacan culture and history, from pre-Hispanic times to the present.
Location of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán:
C. Macedonio Alcalá s/n, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax.