DID YOU KNOW that the churches of the Dominican route get to be even more impressive than Santo Domingo?
The Dominican Route is a route that is characterized by the architecture of the XVI century in Oaxaca, in the time of evangelization in Mexico after the spanish conquest, the Dominican Route is a group of temples and convents of baroque architecture.
5 temples are dominant in this route.
SAN PEDRO APÓSTOL, ETLA VILLAGE
Built by friars of the Dominican order in the XVI century, this is a temple that was built because the first temple there was destroyed by an earthquake.
The paneling was finished by indigenous people because the carpenter in charge died during the time of the construction.
The portal of pilgrimage stands out in the temple, this portal is supported by columns of tuscan style.
SANTO DOMINGO YANHUITLÁN
To show that a new religion was there, this temple was built on top of a prehispanic building in the XVI century.
Made of rock blocks that were cut and carved to the last detailed, this temple and exconvent had gothic vaults over the arches that were made to support the frequent earthquakes of this zone.
The altar is made with a technic called broken line(línea quebrada) this let´s the observer to see all the faces from every point of view.
SAN PEDRO Y SAN PABLO TEPOSCOLULA
This temple is distinguished by the open chapel, the moldings that represent the Rosary and the tower of the bell.
It was built in the XVI century, but some modifications have been made.
In the arches you can see remains of pre-hispanic elements.
Inside of the temple there are golden altarpieces from the XVIII and images of the Teposcolula Christ and also of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY, TLAXIACO
Built in years close to 1548, the roof of the first floor were vaults and the top roof was made of wood.
In the XIX century it was still under the guard of dominican friars.
In the inside of the temple there is an altar of neoclassic style with a tubular organ.
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, COIXTLAHUACA
This grouping was finished in 1576, and it was formed by a temple, cloister, open chapel and atrium.
The exterior is magnificent, sculptures, rosettes, medallions, and niches in form of shells stand out.
In the interior the altarpiece stands out, it was made in the XVIII century, elements of the first one were used, the first one was made in the XVI century.
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Source: Ruta II. San José Mogote-Coixtlahuaca, Arqueología Mexicana, Volumen 24, 38-41.