Santo Domingo, Puebla

The church of Santo Domingo in Puebla is especially famed for its Capilla del Rosario (1690), an impressive sight with overwhelming Baroque decoration and lavish use of gold leaf.

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History of Santo Domingo

The Iglesia de Santo Domingo was the church of a Dominican monastery (no longer active) completed in 1611. Its Capilla del Rosario was built in 1690 in honor of the Virgin of the Rosary.

What to See at Santo Domingo

The church of Santo Domingo is worth a look; its interior is lined with some impressive Baroque altars and contains a fine onyx pulpit.

But the main attraction here is the Capilla del Rosario, one of the most elaborately decorated Baroque chapels in Mexico. The walls and dome are completely coated with ornate sculpture in gold leaf and plaster, including saints, cherubs, and dancing angels. On the walls, golden vines form the frames of six paintings depicting the mysteries of the rosary.

Quick Facts on Santo Domingo

Site Information
Names:Iglesia de Santo Domingo · Santo Domingo
State:Puebla
Country:Mexico
Categories:churches; monasteries
Styles:Baroque style
Dedication: St. Dominic
Dates:1611; 1690
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:19.046737° N, 98.197984° W
Address:5 de Mayo and 4 Poniente
Puebla, Mexico
Phone:222/242-36-43
Hours:Open daily
Lodging:View hotels near Santo Domingo
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Mexico (2003), 152.
  2. Puebla Attractions: Churches - Frommer's Mexico

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