Oaxaca is also admirable for its colonial architecture, a monumental expression without which Mexican baroque would not be understood: Oaxaca cathedral, the convent of Santo Domingo, the convent of Cuilapan are examples of Mexico’s most ancient colonial buildings. The urban beauty of its capital, for example, is so stunning that in 1987 UNESCO did not doubt in making it a World Heritage Site (together with the Monte Albán architectural zone).
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Index

3    | INTRODUCTION

5    | GEOGRAPHY

11   | THE PRE-HISPANIC CULTURES OF OAXACA

15   | MONTE ALBAN

29  | DANZU

30  | LAMBITYECO

32  | YAGUL

34  | ZAACHILA

36  | MITLA

41  | COLONIAL ART IN THE STATE OF OAXACA

50  | THE CITY OF OAXACA

63  | COLONIAL ART IN THE CITY OF OAXACA

73  | THE STATE REGIONAL MUSEUM

83  |PEOPLE, TRADITIONS AND POPULAR ART

106 | THE OAXACA COAST

111 | MAP OF OAXACA

Author

Carlos Romero Giordano

Photos by:

Walter Reuter, Guillermo Aldana, Irmgard Groth, Ruth Lechuga, Gianni Dagli Orti


172 Photos-Illustrations
112 Pages
Softcover
26 x 20 cm – 10.24 x 7.87 in
ISBN 968 6434 34 8


Other languages
English

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Contents

Perhaps in no other place in the country can the living tradition of the pre-Hispanic past be perceived so strongly as in Oaxaca. A contributing factor is undoubtedly that some fifteen indigenous languages are still spoken in the state, some of them perhaps age-old. Furthermore, the majestic presence of Monte Albán, Lambityeco, Yagul, Zaachila and Mitla seem to perpetuate for ever the echoes of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations.

Oaxaca is also admirable for its colonial architecture, a monumental expression without which Mexican baroque would not be understood: Oaxaca cathedral, the convent of Santo Domingo, the convent of Cuilapan are examples of Mexico’s most ancient colonial buildings. The urban beauty of its capital, for example, is so stunning that in 1987 UNESCO did not doubt in making it a World Heritage Site (together with the Monte Albán architectural zone).

Oaxaca, whose Isthmus of Tehuantepec separates North America from Central America, and whose lands formed part of the marquisate of Hernán Cortés, has everything: archeology, colonial art and ancestral traditions.

 

Did you know that Oaxaca, the land of Benito Juárez and Porfirio Díaz, is the cradle of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations.

 

It was in the state of Oaxaca, located in the south of the country, that the first Zapotec manifestations developed and the city of Monte Albán was founded in 500 B.C. Oaxaca is the state with the greatest ethnic and linguistic diversity in Mexico and 18 indigenous groups coexist there, each with their own customs and traditions.

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