Templo de Santo Domingo, San Cristobal de las Casas
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Visit Templo de Santo Domingo, a grandiose church and former Dominican monastery. Built in the late 16th century, the church was named after the Spanish monk who founded the Dominican order. Admire the imposing Baroque-style building, restored fully in 1999, and explore the ornate interior, decorated with intricate gold leaf reliefs and figures. Inside the former convent, you can view exhibits on Oaxaca's pre-Hispanic history, with interesting archaeological artifacts. The monastery's courtyard now serves as a botanic garden featuring numerous native plants. Arrange to visit Templo de Santo Domingo and other attractions in San Cristobal de las Casas using our San Cristobal de las Casas itinerary maker.
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  • Lovely church next to the textile museum and a street market with the usual tourist stuff. Well worth a 10 minute visit 
  • Right next to the handicraft market, which means that it is always surrounded by many visitors but is worth visiting it, it's beautiful!
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  • With a walk through the streets of San Cristobal, we found ourselves in the neighborhood where the Church of San Domenico. What most impressed us at the time, were the many stalls of vendors who fill the square in front of the churchyard, all year round. Unthinkable in our cities. Benches, where you can find merchandise of all kinds but also for local crafts, unthinkable in our cities. San Domenico has the pink stucco processing stone, so worked may seem like a lace. The Interior impresses the altars where gold is King among the decorative objects; Gold sparkling under the lights and the statues of the Saints all richly dressed seem to look from above. The custom of dressing the statues of the Saints is very common in Latin American countries. Believers have the habit of dressing and change their clothes at statues of Saints to thank them the graces received. Another striking element is the large pulpit richly decorated and completely covered with gold. A sore spot I have to put the paintings would need for restoration as using many candles most is coated with a black patina that makes it difficult to identify the details of the paintings. Still worth to visit this temple.
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