NileGuide Expert Says:
This may be the bigger and most important Colonial construction in Mexico.
Macedonio Alacalá n/n
Oaxaca City, Mexico
NileGuide Expert tip:
Don't forget to visit the treasure of the Tomb 7 from Monte Alban.
The Former Convent of Santo Domingo, right next to the Temple of Santo Domingo,
is an splendid building that currently houses the Museum of the Cultures of Oaxaca, the Botanical Garden of Oaxaca and an ancient Library with more than 23 thousand books.
Because of the Reforma War (1957- 1960) the Dominicans were forced to flee the country and the army used the temple as a stable and the convent as headquarters. Many of the sacred art was lost and the building suffered some alterations.
Al the end of the XIX century the clergy recovered the temple and in 1994 the reconstruction work for the former convent began. The Centro Cultural (Cultural Center) opened its doors in 1998.
At the Museum of the Cultures of Oaxaca you will find many examples of cultural expressions, history and art of Oaxaca.
The treasure of the Tomb 7 of Monte Alban
is here. Hundreds of pieces made of gold, pearl, silver, shell, jade, turquoise, coral and many more materials were founded in 1932 in the tomb, and all of them are displayed in here.