Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Oaxaca

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Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
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The front of the Cathedral at night.
Basic information
Location Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Geographic coordinates 17°02′03″N 96°26′00″W / 17.0342°N 96.4332°W / 17.0342; -96.4332Coordinates: 17°02′03″N 96°26′00″W / 17.0342°N 96.4332°W / 17.0342; -96.4332
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Antequera, Oaxaca
Year consecrated 1733
Status Cathedral
Leadership Archbishop José Luiz Chávez Botello
Website http://arzobispadodeoaxaca.org/
Architectural description
Architectural type Cathedral
Architectural style Baroque
Direction of façade South
Groundbreaking 1573
Completed 1733
Specifications
Materials Cantera stone

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción), located in the city of Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Antequera, Oaxaca. Its construction began in 1535 and it was consecrated on July 12, 1733. It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.

History[edit]

Construction began in 1535, during which the Temple of San Juan de Dios temporarily served as the cathedral church of the diocese. In 1640, the cathedra was installed and the seat of the diocese was transferred to Our Lady of the Assumption. Due to earthquakes in the 16th and 18th centuries, the cathedral had to be reconstructed several times, with the most recent reconstruction beginning in 1702 and finishing in 1733.[1]

Structure[edit]

Its facade is made of green cantera stone commonly found in Oaxaca's buildings, and the interior is in Neoclassical style. The altar features a statue of Our Lady of the Assumption (Nuestra Señora de al Asunción) which was made in Italy during the Porfirio era,[1] who is represented by a bronze sculpture brought from Europe and made by Tadoini.[2]

The towers of the cathedral are not the originals, as they were destroyed in 1931 by an earthquake. In the south there is a clock donated to Oaxaca by King Fernando VII. The Lord of Lightning is in the last chapel on the left, while the second on the right contains the remains of the Cross of Huatulco. Atop the west wall of the quire is a locally built baroque pipe organ, parts of which date to 1711-1712, restored in 1997.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Quintanar Hinojosa, Beatriz (August 2007). "Oaxaca: jubilo de los sentidos". Guía México Desconocido: Oaxaca 137: 10–22. 
  2. ^ Municipality of Oaxaca. "Templos y Ex Conventos" [Churches and ex-monasteries] (in Spanish). Oaxaca. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  3. ^ The Organ of Oaxaca Cathedral

Footnotes[edit]

  • Instituto Nacional de Geografía, Estadística e Informática (1993). INEGI, ed. Estado de Oaxaca. México. Guía turística. ISBN 968-892-304-4. 

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