|Earl on the steps of the restored Santo Domingo in Yanhuitln, north of Oaxaca.|
|Tollway north to Mexico City. No billboards except this monumental tire.|
The 16th century Templo y Exconvento de Santa Domingo de Guzman is in Yanhuitln and Benito left the highway at the edge of town to drive us through the center of the village before approaching the church. The village, or pueblo, is simplicity itself when compared to the grandness of the monastery.
How different to walk into Oaxacan stone churches with tiled floors. No detailed narrative frescoes from floor to ceiling, no paintings by those most famous of Renaissance artists employed by the powerful. What we discovered in Oaxaca's churches was a great sense of pageantry, and a story filled with blood and excruciating sorrow. Christ was not soaring triumphantly into heaven with angels as he does in Rome.
We spent a long time in the church and then walked round to the restored monastery, which was of monumental proportions and must have seemed especially so in the 16th century. Apparently, a lot of the funding for restoration of this site comes from the Getty Foundation and the place will be used for study. We could see where a library will be housed.
Templo y Ex-Convento de San Pedro y San Pablo. This church blew me away, for different reasons than the painted Santo Domingo which enchanted me on our first day in Oaxaca. I think you can see why I was so taken with the place in the photos below. Pageantry on a grand scale.