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 the church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán:

Christ carrying the Cross
Christ Child
Christ Child (with Crucifix 1)
Christ seated in the pretorium ("Pensive Christ")
Crucifix 1
Crucifix 2
Main altar
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Dominic 1
St. Dominic 2
St. Michael
St. Michael (with Crucifix 1)
St. Peter
St. Raphael
St. Sebastian
Soledad (?)
Unidentified Dominican nun

Unidentified Franciscan
Unidentified saint 1
Unidentified saint 2
Unidentified saint 3
Virgin Mary 1
Virgin Mary 2
Virgin Mary 3

Other santos not photographed

Tour of the Museum
Tour of the Ayuxi Chapel

The Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán

The town of Yanhuitlán was founded by missionaries of the Dominican order in the 16th century. The church is noted for the elaborate retablo of its main altar and the multitude of secondary retablos.

This tour will take us through the church. We have a separate tour for the
museum in the former convent, and another tour for the Ayuxi chapel, a satellite of the church.

Our church tour begins in the narthex with a Trinity.