Oaxaca Sights

Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca

  • Av. Independencia 700 Map It
  • Centro Historico
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Begun in 1544, the cathedral was destroyed by earthquakes and fire and not finished until 1733. It honors the Virgin of the Assumption, whose statue can be seen on the facade above the door. The chapel at the back of the church and to the left of the altar houses the revered crucifix of El Señor del Rayo (Our Lord of the Lightning Bolt), the only piece to survive a fire that started when lightning struck the thatch roof of the original structure. There's no clapper in the bell, supposedly because it started to ring on its own accord back in the 18th century. A recent scrubbing has made this a contender for the city's most gorgeous church. On festival days, the cathedral is filled with flowers.

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Av. Independencia 700, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, 68000, Mexico

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  • Daily 7–7

Published 01/11/2016


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