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Monday, 23 May 2011

Cuilapan de Guerrero

After San Arazola, we headed to a little town called Cuilapan de Guerrero which is about 10 km south of the city of Oaxaca. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Valley of Oaxaca. In this area Zapotecs and Mixtecs continually fought over territory before their conquest by the Aztecs. For this reason, Cuilapan changed hands many times during this period, leading to a Zapotec/Mixtec mix in the town’s culture.

The town’s major attraction is the Dominican ex-convent of Santiago ApĆ³stol. It was left unfinished sometime in the middle of the 16th century, but the cloister, walls, cupola and foundations of what was supposed to be an enormous church remain. Its open-air chapel is characteristic of religious construction around the time of the Conquest

The convent was the site of the execution, on 14 February 1831, of independence war general and deposed President Vicente Guerrero

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