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  • 1 Church of Santo Domingo de Oaxaca Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Macedonio Alcalá s/n MEX - Oaxaca

    The façade of the Church of Santo Domingo de Oaxaca represents St. Hippolytus and St. Dominic, the founder, supporting a church onto which the Holy Spirit is descending in the form of a dove. The three female figures on the pediment embody faith, hop..

  • 2 Centro Cultural Santo Domingo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    MEX - Oaxaca

    The former convent of Santo Domingo is an exceptional setting for an equally exceptional museum. The art objects, crafts and weapons on display provide an extremely interesting panorama of the different civilisations that have lived in the State of O..

  • 3 Monte Albán Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Oaxaca

    Built on the summit of a levelled hill above Oaxaca, Monte Albán and its magnificent proportions are best seen from building E in the low-angled light of the early morning or late afternoon. The Zapotecs occupied the site from the 5C BC, making it th..

  • 4 The Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Zócalo MEX - Oaxaca

    Sitting on a sidewalk café under the portales (arcades), on a bench in the shade of the ficus trees or on the steps of the elegant music gazebo, take the time to observe all the activity at the Zócalo, its scores of balloon salesmen, shoe shiners and..

  • 5 Museo de Arte Prehispánico Rufino Tamayo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    503 Av. Morelos MEX - Oaxaca

    Painter and native son Rufino Tamayo endowed the city of Oaxaca with his personal collection, to our great enjoyment. The collection at the Museo de Arte Prehispánico Rufino Tamayo is remarkably rich, covering every period and region of the various M..

  • 6 Cortés House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Macedonio Alcala 2002 MEX - Oaxaca

    Don't be mistaken - this house was never lived in by the conquistador Hernan Cortés since it was only built in the early 18C. But who cares! It's worth seeing if only for the façade, flanked by finely worked columns and a wrought-iron balcony. A cont..

  • 7 Monte Albán Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    MEX - Oaxaca

    The Monte Albán Museum can be explored before or after visiting the site. It contains the originals of the steles whose copies can be seen in their initial location, including the striking Danzantes with Olmec features or the steles of Captives. Amon..

  • 8 Monte Albán: Dancers Wall Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Oaxaca

    The most emblematic image in Monte Albán, the "Dancers Wall" is part of building L (south platform) and dates back to the period when the Zapotecs flourished (4C-5C AD). These stone steles in rows (the originals are preserved in the museum)..

  • 9 Markets south of the Zócalo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MEX - Oaxaca

    The Benito Juárez and 20 de Noviembre markets south of the Zócalo feature a wide range of regional products for sale, including the specialities that have given Oaxaca its culinary reputation: cheese ( quesillo), dried meat ( tasajo) and, more unusua..

  • 10 Abastos Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MEX - Oaxaca

    Market-lovers should check out Abastos Market, a perfect example of its kind. Its different sections are laden with pyramids of vegetables, dazzling fruits, chickens propped up for viewing, and pots and pans. Saturday is the big day here when village..

  • 11 Monte Albán Observatory Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Oaxaca

    Contrary to the other buildings on the central platform of Monte Albán, oriented according to the cardinal points, this mysterious mound is turned 35° to the southwest and is arrow-shaped. It may be an observatory. The back is covered in warrior-them..

  • 12 Basilica de la Soledad

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de la Danza MEX - Oaxaca

    The image of the Virgin of Solitude appeared miraculously to a shopkeeper on his way to Guatemala, and the fervent worship it generated resulted in the Basilica de la Soledad. Dating back to the 17C, it boasts a richly ornamented Baroque façade.

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