After a couple of days of resting and figuring out where things were around my Airbnb, I decided it was time to do some sightseeing at the Temple of Santo Domingo. Pretty much everything here is within walking distance.
A little wall art along the way.
Temple of Santo Domingo
Wikipedia says of the Temple:
As its name implies, the church and monastery were founded by the Dominican Order. Begun in 1575, they were constructed over a period of 200 years, between the 16th and 18th centuries. The monastery was active from 1608 to 1857. In the period of the revolutionary wars, the buildings were turned over to military use, and from 1866 to 1902 they served as a barracks. The church was restored to religious use in 1938, but the monastery was made available to the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. In 1972 it became a regional museum, and in 1993 the decision was taken to undertake a full restoration. This was completed in 1999. It is an exceptional example of conservation architecture. The architect responsible was Juan Urquiaga.
The church has also been fully restored. Its highly decorated interior includes use of more than 60,000 sheets of 23.5-karat gold leaf.
When I arrived I couldn’t explore inside because a wedding was taking place. Perfect! I get to see a Mexican wedding.
What a magnificent place to have a wedding!
The wedding was really formal and included taking communion for everyone who wanted it.
People really got dressed up for it. I loved some of the dresses.
When the bride and groom came out the solemn ceremony ended and the celebration started. I really like how it was all in on both aspects.
After some dancing and celebration on the plaza outside of the church, the wedding party started walking the streets around the church periodically stopping to dance. Pretty cool!
With the end of the wedding I could go inside and see the Temple of Santo Domingo.
Inside the Temple of Santo Domingo
Well, it was another amazing church filled with art.
I had an awesome day at the Temple of Santo Domingo. The wedding was a bonus. I want to go see another one at a different church.