Former Convent of Santo Domingo

Oaxaca

Located in the center of the city of Oaxaca, the former Convent of Santo Domingo is one of the most valuable monuments in the city. It is one of the greatest architectural feats of the Dominican order and highlights the splendor of the New Spanish baroque style of the last third of the 16th century.

Inside the convent, your attention will be immediately drawn to the plasterwork, which is configured into a genealogical tree of the Dominican family, both in terms of its earthly and spiritual life. Its gold leaf leaves and fruits conceal figures such as Félix de Guzmán, patriarch of the religious order, and the Virgin Mary.

Visits to Santo Domingo are not limited to the temple. The modern-day space is a cultural center composed of the Ethnobotanical Garden, the Fray Francisco de Burgoa Library, Oaxaca’s Public Newspaper Archives, and Oaxaca’s Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca. The latter museum boasts a room devoted to the treasure excavated from Monte Albán’s Tomb 7, consisting of objects made out of gold, silver, and semiprecious gems like obsidian, jade and pearls.

Visits to the Ethnobotanical Garden require reservations. The garden features plants that evolved from the Jurassic period, pumpkin seeds dating back 10,000 years, and a traditional medicine herbarium. The collection is housed in what was once the orchard planted by the Dominican friars who inhabited the former convent of Santo Domingo. The garden offers workshops to learn to dye textiles with indigo and to make figurines out of leaf litter.
Located in the center of the city of Oaxaca, the former Convent of Santo Domingo is one of the most valuable monuments in the city. It is one of the greatest architectural feats of the Dominican order and highlights the splendor of the New Spanish baroque style of the last third of the 16th century.

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Inside the convent, your attention will be immediately drawn to the plasterwork, which is configured into a genealogical tree of the Dominican family, both in terms of its earthly and spiritual life. Its gold leaf leaves and fruits conceal figures such as Félix de Guzmán, patriarch of the religious order, and the Virgin Mary.

Visits to Santo Domingo are not limited to the temple. The modern-day space is a cultural center composed of the Ethnobotanical Garden, the Fray Francisco de Burgoa Library, Oaxaca’s Public Newspaper Archives, and Oaxaca’s Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca. The latter museum boasts a room devoted to the treasure excavated from Monte Albán’s Tomb 7, consisting of objects made out of gold, silver, and semiprecious gems like obsidian, jade and pearls.

Visits to the Ethnobotanical Garden require reservations. The garden features plants that evolved from the Jurassic period, pumpkin seeds dating back 10,000 years, and a traditional medicine herbarium. The collection is housed in what was once the orchard planted by the Dominican friars who inhabited the former convent of Santo Domingo. The garden offers workshops to learn to dye textiles with indigo and to make figurines out of leaf litter.

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