The Cathedral

Construction of the cathedral began in 1535. However, as was the case with many other buildings, earthquakes damaged it on several occasions, and after every major earthquake it had to be reconstructed.

The inauguration and dedication to the Virgin of the Assumption of Mary was made by Bishop Fray Francisco Santiago y Calderón on April 21, 1733.

The last important reconstruction was carried out between 1702 and 1733. It was consecrated by Fray Francisco Calderón in July 1733. Its most remarkable element is its baroque facade, decorated with splendid relief work, among which the Assumption of the Virgen, crowned by the Holy Trinity, stands out.

In the interior, the main retable, the choir seating, and the tubular organ are of particular interest, as are the several eighteenth-century paintings and the images and relics contained in the fourteen side chapels.

The Cathedral

The sculptural group in the presbytery is finished in Greek marble, and features a polished cast bronze image of the Virgin of the Assumption, the work of the Italian artist Todolini.

The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated throughout the Church on August 15. This party has a double objective: the happy departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven.

How to get:
The Cathedral of Oaxaca is located on the north side of the Plaza de la Constitución (zócalo) attached to the Alameda de León, in the heart of the Historic Center of the state capital.

Independencia No.700, C.P.68000 Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez. Tel: (951)5164401

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