visited Oaxaca in 1998 with Pat's parents, John and June. After
John's death June wanted to return to Oaxaca but she decided to go to
first so we never made it back to Oaxaca. This trip is an homage
Pat, John and June in 1998
We spent 10 wonderful days in Oaxaca city staying at
Casa Maye. More on Casa Maye on page 3.
There is so much to see and say about Oaxaca - it is a
with an ancient past and a modern city with industry and culture.
We skipped many of the museums we had visited before, but who can
resist the baroque churches? Let's get them out of the way first:
The cathedral is next to the zocalo, so you are unlikely to miss
it. The stone gives the city its nickname "The Emerald
City". I had to be told it was green.
Santa Domingo de Guzman is considered the "must see" church. Some
the stone here is greener.
Santa Domingo interior.
Work was going on when we
visited. The man was carving; the women painting, first white
gesso, then pink gesso, then gilt.
Guadalupe church was at the north end of Llano Park and near our
Soledad church is home of one of the 26 baroque organs in Oaxaca
before 1776. Most have been restored and are being used
today. Unfortunately there were no concerts while we were
there. There is an International Organ Festival in February. See
The side entrance of Soledad and the organ.
Another attraction of Oaxaca is the Mixtec and Zapotec ruins.
Zaachila is a small ruin site near Oaxaca. We took a second
class bus to see the ruin and the market.
Pat atop the tombs with an unexcavated site behind her.
There are several great carvings inside the tombs.
Lambityeco is a site currently undergoing excavation and
with shelter and viewing platforms for tourists.
Sun god carvings in the tomb.
These carvings are reproductions, the originals are in a museum.
Some attractive stonework.
The ruins at Mitla are famous for these greca, or Greek style
fretwork. We bought a rug with these designs on our first
There are 9 basic designs repeated dozens of times.
A tourist with her guide.
Some of the original decoration has survived.
... and dozens.
Pablo converses with an archaeologist carefully measuring and
recording every detail.
The fretwork was carefully engineered not only to be beautiful but to
be strong, shed rain, etc.
The church at Mitla was built over some of the ruins, and even
Mixtec stones in its construction.
San Jeronimo church in
Tlacochahuaya was restored for a visit of the Queen of Spain.
Another restoration is going on now, so we could not go inside and see
the interior and the baroque organ.