One of the first destinations for tourists visiting Oaxaca is the iconic Santo Domingo Church at the corner of Macedonio Alcala and Gurrion. Construction started here in the late 1500’s within decades after Cortes first arrived here. Each time I visit the city (I live in the country), I am drawn to its architectural magnificence. I often go back and forth from Calle 5 de Mayo to Av. Garcia Virgil, passing Sto. Domingo and must pay attention that it does not become part of the wallpaper!
From the rooftop terrace at La Olla restaurant you can see the details of the two domes and get a more intimate sense of the complexity of the structure. Note the green broken glass trim on the wall to keep people from leaping and climbing!
From the top of Cerro del Fortin where the Auditorio Guelaguetza is located you can see Santo Domingo surrounded by the city lights. It is the most prominent building in the Oaxaca valley. After the Lila Downs concert ended and before we picked our way down the steep concrete Escalera del Fortin this view captivated me. Without tripod, I leaned on the rail to keep my camera steady to get the best shot I could.