Oaxaca City

Oaxaca City was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!  Architecturally, the city resembles a 16th or 17th century Spanish town, and the majority of the town centre still maintains in this style.  One particularly interesting building is the Dominican Cathedral. 

 

The interior of the building is elaborately decorated from floor to ceiling with carvings.  Apparently the church was built to protect the indigenous population from the excesses of the Spanish - I guess the monks hid people under the cathedral’s lavish gold-plated ceiling! 

The city is also a political hot bed.  There are daily protests against the local governor who it turns out has been disappearing people and running local militia groups.  Apparently the 17th of February 2007 was a deadline for the governor to resign before the large protests re-started.

 

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