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Santo Domingo - Oaxaca | by Mario De Leo
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Santo Domingo - Oaxaca

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In colonial - baroque Mexico, the wealth of a city is clearly seen inside its churches. For example, the mining city of Zacatecas has decadent churches filled with detail outside and inside. Oaxaca, as can be clearly seen in the picture, was a very wealthy city too. But Oaxaca was not a mining town, it got its money (and lots of it) through grana cochinilla (cochineal). Produced almost exclusively in Oaxaca - Mexico by indigenous producers, cochineal became Mexico's second most valued export after silver.

 

Santo Domingo (Oaxaca, Oaxaca), stands among the best baroque churches on Earth.

 

Filled in every corner with detail, it stands tall, colored and proud in Mexican history.

 

The alter is covered in gold leaf.

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Uploaded on March 22, 2008