Santo Tomás Tamazulapan
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Santo Tomás Tamazulapan is a village and municipality in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, located about 105 km south of Oaxaca city. It is 1,700 meters above sea level, and is part of the Miahuatlán District in the south of the Sierra Sur Region. Its name comes from the patron saint of the town (Saint Thomas) and the last part is from Nahuatl meaning “in the river of frogs”. It is unknown when the town was founded.
Its main attraction is the Parroquia de Santa María de la Natividad (Parish of the Virgin Mary of the Nativity) church, which was constructed in the 17th century. It contains an altarpiece (retablo) of extraordinary size and a number of colonial-era santos, statues of the saints, many executed in fine polychrome and beautifully preserved to this day.
The village was one of the hosts of the Sixth International Organ and Early Music Festival in 2006 sponsored by the Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca (Institute of Historic Organs of Oaxaca) along with Oaxaca city, Zautla, San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Tlaxiaco and Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Nearby is the Balneario Atonaltzin, a series of sulfur springs.
As municipal seat, Tamazulapan has governing authority over the following communities: Cerro de Tepalcatillos, El Cerrito, El Podrido, Güilotes, Los Manantiales, and San Jerónimo Miahuatlán.