Colonial builders on Oaxaca learned very early that earthquakes were their main protagonist. They met the challenge by extreme over-building using massive, short walls and few windows. The Cathedral exemplifies the resulting style: a huge mass of stone with few outside elaborations. The builders of St Domingo up the road compensated by richly elaborating every inside surface but evidently the Dominicans had all the cash: the Cathedral lacks that fancy interior.
Still, it definitely is worth a visit to this active central church.
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