San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca

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San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca
Municipality and town
San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca is located in Mexico
San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca
San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°43′N 97°19′W / 17.717°N 97.317°W / 17.717; -97.317
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
Area
 • Total 17.26 km2 (6.66 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 2,863
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca is a small town and municipality located in the Mixteca Region of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, and the center of the Coixtlahuaca district. The name, “Coixtlahuaca” means ‘plain of snakes’ in the Nahuatl language.

Town[edit]

The town was founded by the Chocholtecs in 37 AD. Their last emperor was Atonaltzin, who fought against the Mexicas. Two times he was defeated, the second and last time by Moctezuma II, who conquered much of this area.[1]

It is located in the northeast part of the state of Oaxaca, 2,100 meters above sea level[1] near the Cuacnopalan-Oaxaca highway.[2] Its main attraction is the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (Church of Saint John the Baptist). Completed in 1576, it is of Renaissance style with rose windows, sculptures, and a main entrance with dozens of recesses. It also has a Baroque-style altarpiece (retablo).[2]

Municipality[edit]

As municipal seat, San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca has governing jurisdiction over the following communities:

Barrio de Magdalena, Boca de Perro, Carrizal, Cerro de Agua (Tercera Sección), Cerro el Águila, Cuesta Blanca, El Cachuche, El Capulín (Sección Primera), El Guajolote, El Portezuelo, El Sotol, El Tepozán (Sección Segunda), El Zapato, El Zapotal (Sección Tercera), Estancia, Ixcate, Jazmín Río Poblano, La Ciénega, La Cruz, La Mulata, Laguna Seca, Narrege, Río Blanco, Río Poblano, San Jerónimo Otla, Santa Catarina Ocotlán, Sección Cuarta (Los Rodríguez), Tecamachalco, Tronco del Río and Zacate Amarillo

Church and Former Convento of San Juan Bautista, Coixtlahuaca

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México ESTADO DE OAXACA,SAN JUAN BAUTISTA COIXTLAHUACA". Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Quintanar Hinojosa, Beatriz (August 2007). "La Mixteca y sus fabulosos conventos". Guía México Desconocido: Oaxaca 137: 80. 

Coordinates: 17°43′N 97°19′W / 17.717°N 97.317°W / 17.717; -97.317

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