San Cristóbal de las Casas architecture is multi-faceted. The stamp of the Colonial era is imprinted on San Cristóbal historical buildings everywhere--on every street, every house, and every church. Looking at the city from the Cerro de Santa Cruz, one will see multiple, narrow cobbled streets and alleys between houses of adobe and concrete and steep roofs covered with red tiles that surround large central courtyards. Colorful peaks protrude from the red color, as well as the steeples and the imposing constructions of churches scattered throughout the city.
The Cathedral of San Cristóbal de las Casas stands out, north of the Plaza 31 de Marzo. It was built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its frontal design combines Baroque elements, while inside, the ornate masonry decoration highlights the presence of Solomonic style altarpieces.
Another place is the Parque Plaza 31 de Marzo, in the center of San Cristóbal de las Casas, between Calle Real de Guadalupe and the General Urtilla. It is the main meeting point for the city's inhabitants and is also the focus of the main religious and civil buildings. It has a bandstand from the early twentieth century, where numerous artistic and folklore activities are held, as well as the New Year celebrations.
Located on Avenida 20 de Noviembre, there is the Templo and the Ex Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán. This is one of the most beautiful and symbolic churches in the city. Indigenous ornamental designs made of mortar can be seen on the Solomonic Baroque facade. The presence of two-headed eagles stands out on the sides of the sculpture of Santo Domingo.
El Templo del Carmen is located on the corner of Calle Hermanos Dominguez and Avenida Miguel Hidalgo. Built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this building retains its original attributes from the simple crafted façade and arch tower, built in the eighteenth century in a Moorish-style design.