San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya

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San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya
Templo de San Jerónimo
Templo de San Jerónimo
San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya is located in Mexico
San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya
San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya
Coordinates: 17°00′32″N 96°34′51″W / 17.00889°N 96.58083°W / 17.00889; -96.58083Coordinates: 17°00′32″N 96°34′51″W / 17.00889°N 96.58083°W / 17.00889; -96.58083
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
Municipal Seat San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya
Elevation 1,180 m (3,870 ft)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (US Central))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
The sundial on the church patio

San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya is a town and municipality in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, 21 km from the city of Oaxaca on Federal Highway 190 between Santa Maria del Tule and Mitla. [1] It is part of the Tlacolula District in the east of the Valles Centrales Region. The name Tlacochahuaya comes from Nahuatl and means “in wet land” or “in the swamp.”

The town[edit]

Tradition states that the town was founded by a Zapotec warrior by the name of Cochicahuala, which means “he who fights by night”. After the Conquest the land was granted to Señor Don Gaspar Calderón and the area was evangelized by the Dominicans. [2]

Its main church is the Templo de San Jerónimo, which was built along with a monastery at the end of the 16th century. It has notable altarpieces (retablos) and an organ that dates from colonial times. Normally they let visitors climb the massive structure to look closer. [1] The organ was built between 1725 and 1730 and restored in 1990-1991. It is registered with the Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca (Institute of Historic Organs of Oaxaca). [3]

The municipality[edit]

The main economic activities are agriculture (corn, garlic, beans and various fruits), dairy farming and the production of mezcal. [2] As municipal seat, San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya has governing jurisdiction over the following communities: La Loma, Luis Alonso León, Macuilxóchitl de Artigas Carranza and Ojo de Agua.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Quintanar Hinojosa, Beatriz (August 2007). "Joyas ocultas de los valles centrales". Guía México Desconocido: Oaxaca. 137: 88. 
  2. ^ a b "Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México Oaxaca San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. 
  3. ^ "San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya (English version)". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 

External links[edit]

Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches: San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya - Art-historical study of the santos (statues of saints) in the church.