Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches

A study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in Oaxaca, Mexico


By Claire and Richard Stracke
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation

In Tlacolula:

Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ in a coffin
Christ in the pretorium (Pensive Christ)
Crucifix 1
Crucifix 2
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of the Assumption
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Anthony of Padua
St. John the Evangelist
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)

Other santos not photographed

Church of the Assumption, Tlacolula

Tlacolula de Matamoros is a town of more than sixteen thousand people (as of 2005) in the Central Valley region of Oaxaca. It is famous for its Baroque chapel, known as the Capilla del Señor de Tlacolula, the "Chapel of the Lord of Tlacolula," seen on the right in the picture above. In the chapel is a large crucifix, the Señor de Tlacolula, which has been the object of local pilgrimages for centuries.
                of the Chapel of the Lord of Tlacolula
The Capilla del Señor de Tlacolula

In Tlacolula, our informant was the encargado Sr. Juan Santiago Jescas. Our tour will begin with the Se
ñor de Tlacolula and some other santos in the Chapel, followed by two in the church itself.

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