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.