History Attractions in Oaxaca City

Oaxaca has so many history it was hard to pick just 10 sites in this Top 10 List of Historic Sites in Oaxaca. Let's keep in mind, civilizations have been present in Oaxaca and its surrounding towns for centuries, so if you like history, you came to the right place.

Of course, we couldn't have a Historic Sites List without one of the most important pre-Hispanic ruins in Mexico, Monte Alban, the Zapotec and latter, Mixtec ceremonial center. This is not only important historically, but also architecturally and artistic, since the tombs found there had examples of the most magnificent art in the pre-Hispanic world. These treasures can now be seen at the Centro Cultural Santo Domingo (also in this list).

Other pre-Hispanic sites, such as Yagul, Zaachila, Dainzu and Labiteco are great examples of these land filled with history, But is Mitla, the magically designed site, that has still wondering art experts on how and why did this ceremonial center has those magnificent graphics. I guess you'll have to find out for your self.

But after the Spaniards came and evangelized these lands, the history continued. In this case, are the Temples the ones that carry that history. The Basilica de la Soledad and Cuilapan and very different examples of the Spaniard art, but is Santo Domingo the one that will keep you wondering and wanting more.

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Monte Alban

N/A Road to Monte Alban

One of the most important and best conserved pre-Hispanic ruins in Mexico... read more

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Carretera Oaxaca - Mitla Km 42
San Pablo de Mitla, Oaxaca

Just 40 minutes from Oaxaca City, these Zapotec ruins are magical and unique... read more


Sierra Madre del Sur, and 7 mi/11.3 km S of Oaxaca

This was the last standing important city of the Zapotec civilization... read more


KM 36 Carrtera Federal 190

A small yet important pre-Hispanic city set around a hill overlooking the mountains of Oaxaca... read more

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Centro Cultural Santo Domingo

Macedonio Alacalá n/n

A beautiful and interesting museum in a very important XVI Century building... read more


Km10 highway to Zaachila

On of the oldest churches in the State, a historic site and a perfect place for the adventurers... read more


28 km S.E. highway 190

A small but important Zapotec site, with unique and well preserved carved masks... read more


Highway 190 to Istmo de Tehuantepec

A small but important ceremonial center for the Zapotecs... read more

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Templo de Santo Domingo

Macedonio Alacalá n/n
Corner of Gurrión and Alcalá

One of the most beautiful churches you'll find on all of Mexico. The inside decoration is rich and elaborated... read more

Basílica de la Soledad

v. Independencia 107, at Calle Victoria
Independencia at Galeana

This church is the most important in Oaxaca and its Baroque facaded is unique in Mexico... read more
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