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Here is the Youtube video of our Oaxaca Mexico Old Town Walking Tour and interactive Google Map.
Click the interactive Google Map on your smartphone to be guided on this tour.
Here is each stop on the tour explained:
Palacio de Gobierno: On the south side of the Zocalo is this museum, that was formerly the Palace of the Governor until 2005. As you face the Palace, if you go around to the left side, you will find the entry door. The present manifestation of this building was completed in 1997. Make sure to see murals on the walls showcasing pre-Hispanic, colonial, and post-Independence Mexican history.
Plaza de la Constitution (Zocalo): This main plaza functioned as a market and gathering place for the first 250 years. The first marble fountain was installed in 1739. In 1885 a statute of President Benito Juarez was installed and the Art Nouveau kiosk was installed in 1901.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption: On the north side of the Zocalo is a side view of the Oaxaca Cathedral. Walk around the front of the Cathedral and go inside. This is the third iteration of this church, the first two being destroyed in large earthquakes in the 16th and 18th centuries. This version of the cathedral was completed in 1733. This is the second most beautiful church in Oaxaca, the first being discussed below (Santo Domingo de Guzmán).
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Museum of Oaxacan Painters: This former 18th-century mansion features local artists such as Rodolfo Morales, Felipe Morales, Rodolfo Nieto, Alejandro Santiago, and Francisco Toledo.
Museum of Contemporary Art: This museum is housed in Casa Cortes, one of the oldest buildings in the city, but built after Cortes’ death.
Santo Domingo de Guzmán: This is my favorite church in all of Mexico. Construction began in 1555 and ended 111 years later in 1666. Right now there are some numerology buffs out there shaking in their boots. You will have to watch the video to believe how ornate the interior of this church is decorated. The interior of this church is almost completely covered in Gold leaf.
Santo Domingo Cultural Center: This previous convent of Santo Domingo has been converted into a cultural center. It has a museum, botanical gardens, and a library. This museum includes pre-Columban artifacts including Tomb 7 from the nearby of Monte Albán. The museum includes the richest collection of gold and silver designs of ancient Mexico.
La Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca: This is just a highly rated market on Google to buy local art.
Rufino Tamayo Museum: Casa de Villanaza, was built in the 18th century. It has a pre-Hispanic art collection accumulated by the painter himself, Rufino Tamayo. He donated his collection and this house to his home state of Oaxaca in 1974.
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