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Virgin Mary

The Santo Domingo de Guzman church in the center of Oaxaca is one of the most fantastic examples of Baroque religious architecture that I have ever seen (but, see Thambuddhei Paya). The interior is reported to have been decorated with 60,000 sheets of gold leaf. While the main altar is completely awe-inspiring (I guess that's the point), I actually spent more time in the side chapel (shown above) gazing at the Virgin Mary, and all of the saints, and angels, and golden garlands, and fresh carnations, surrounding her.  Quiet, cool respite from the hustle and bustle of mid-day Oaxaca.  

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