The convent complex of Santo Domingo de Guzmán of Oaxaca, a work of the Dominican monks, is Mexico’s largest and most important viceregal construction and probably of the entire Americas, due to its monumental nature and artistic value. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful examples of Dominican architecture. It began to be built in 1570 and was completed in 1660. Collections | Cultural Guides | Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

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Index

4   | The Convent of Santo Domingo and the Dominican Order

13 | Museum of Oaxacan Cultures

13 | Room I – Ancient cultures

17 | Room II – Times of flourishing

20 | Room III – The treasures of Tomb 7, Monte Alban

26 | Room IV – The chiefdoms

29 | Room V – Contact and conquest

30 | Room VI – The new faith: writing the past

34 | Room VII – The native reply

34 | Room VIII – Material and spirit

35 | Room IX – Emergence of a new nation

36 | Room X – Order and progress

37 | Room XI – Modern Mexico

38 | Room XII – Cultural plurality

38 | Room XIII – The Defense of memories

38 | Room XIV – Santo Domingo: history and discoveries

39 | The Botanical Garden

40 | The Covent Church of Santo Domingo

Author

Laura Piñeirua

Photos by:

Giovanni Dagli Orti


72 Photos-Illustrations
48 Pages
Softcover
22 x 12.5 cm – 8.66 x 4.92 in
ISBN 970 9019 16 3


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The convent complex of Santo Domingo de Guzmán of Oaxaca, a work of the Dominican monks, is Mexico’s largest and most important viceregal construction and probably of the entire Americas, due to its monumental nature and artistic value. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful examples of Dominican architecture. It began to be built in 1570 and was completed in 1660.

In the different sections that make up the convent (cloister, patios and staircases) the architecture of the period can be recognized.

The interior decoration of the church constitutes one of the most important examples of Mexican baroque. Here we can see magnificent altarpieces, paintings and sculptures carved in polychrome and gilded wood.

An important part of the convent is devoted to the Museum of Cultures of the State of Oaxaca, where pieces belonging to the pre-Hispanic epoch of enormous artistic and archeological value are exhibited, such as the gold objects from Tomb 7 of Monte Albán.

The tour continues through other rooms showing a historical sequence, from the Conquest to recent times, important for the state of Oaxaca.

Did you know that in the ex-convent of Santo Domingo the most valuable pieces of the treasure of Monte Albán are exhibited.

Inside Tomb 7, built by the Zapotecs but subsequently occupied by the Mixtecs, numerous rich offerings were discovered in which gold objects and handcrafted breastplates stand out, worked in filigree technique, the highest expression of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican metalwork.

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