Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

By tra

Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca Nuestra Señora de la Asunción


The Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption) is located in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez, the capital of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is situated in the main square, known as the Zócalo.

The construction of the cathedral began in 1535 and was completed in 1733, taking nearly two centuries to finish. The architectural style of the cathedral is predominantly Baroque with some elements of Neoclassicism. The facade of the cathedral is adorned with intricate ornamentation, including carved stone reliefs and statues.

The cathedral has a rich history closely intertwined with the colonial period of Mexico. It served as a center for Spanish evangelization and played a significant role in spreading Catholicism among the indigenous population. Over the years, the cathedral has undergone various restorations and additions to maintain its structural integrity.

Inside the Catedral Metropolitana, visitors can appreciate its spacious interior, high vaulted ceilings, and ornate altars. The main altar is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The cathedral also houses numerous religious artworks, sculptures, and religious relics.

One of the notable features of the Catedral Metropolitana is its majestic pipe organ. The organ was built in the 19th century by renowned French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. It is one of the largest and most impressive organs in Mexico and Latin America. The organ contains more than 4,000 pipes and has intricate woodwork and decorative elements.

The organ has been meticulously restored and is still used for liturgical and musical events within the cathedral. It is highly regarded for its exceptional sound quality and is considered a cultural treasure of Oaxaca.

The Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca is not only a significant religious site but also an important cultural landmark. It attracts visitors with its architectural beauty, religious art, and historical significance. The cathedral is a symbol of the city’s cultural heritage and stands as a testament to the blending of indigenous and European influences in Oaxaca’s history.

About the author

Tra Hitt lives in Oaxaca with his wife Rebecca, her sons, 3 cats and a vocho named Frida Vochida

Leave a Comment