Vestiges of the Hospital de la Santa Cruz

Oaxtepec

This hospital was an entire institution in terms of natural medicine, it had a time of greatness during the 16th and 18th centuries. In its facilities they attended to Spanish travelers who arrived during the Conquest.

Many of them arrived by boat to the coasts of Veracruz, seeking relief after long odysseys, disconcerted by the tide, the weather and mosquito bites, trivialities for the Mexican people who by then were already more than familiar with this and, moreover, knew with expertise what to mitigate those discomforts.

The thermal waters were definitely an almost magical part of the treatment, together with other medicinal plants that were collected from the garden of Santo Domingo de Guzman, where the Dominicans installed gardens at their service and that of the hospital.

Today, of that health center installed in 1560 there is nothing left but the ruins and the memory of the importance it had in health. We recommend you to visit it, because its pillars and arches are still firm and glorious.
This hospital was an entire institution in terms of natural medicine, it had a time of greatness during the 16th and 18th centuries. In its facilities they attended to Spanish travelers who arrived during the Conquest.

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Many of them arrived by boat to the coasts of Veracruz, seeking relief after long odysseys, disconcerted by the tide, the weather and mosquito bites, trivialities for the Mexican people who by then were already more than familiar with this and, moreover, knew with expertise what to mitigate those discomforts.

The thermal waters were definitely an almost magical part of the treatment, together with other medicinal plants that were collected from the garden of Santo Domingo de Guzman, where the Dominicans installed gardens at their service and that of the hospital.

Today, of that health center installed in 1560 there is nothing left but the ruins and the memory of the importance it had in health. We recommend you to visit it, because its pillars and arches are still firm and glorious.

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