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“Solidity expressed in stone”

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
Ranked #20 of 101 things to do in Oaxaca
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Owner description: This lavish cathedral sits on the town's zócalo.
Reviewed 18 February 2018

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.

Thank NormBC
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Centrally located and pretty spectacular, worth noting or even going in to see. Didn't seem as busy as the much busier Santi Domingo, so might be a little more tranquil to experience

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

After the first, touristy, visit to this beautiful cathedral, I got into a habit of coming here every day at sunset and just sitting in the little square facing the building. So beautiful and peaceful and always something happening, big or small. A wedding, a celebration or just a guy quietly playing boleros on his guitar

Thank dbsubscribe777
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

The Cathedral is a beautiful building and it is of course a landmark, it is located right next to the Zocalo

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Always keep in mind the very poor people who contributed to build this church. it was built on and the backs of native people and the resources that were stolen from them by Spanish colonists.

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