Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
A study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in Oaxaca, Mexico
By Claire and Richard Stracke
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
|The Church and Former
Convent of San Pedro y San Pablo, in San Juan
Photograph: Diana Garcia. The photograph is available in the Wikimedia collection and has been released into the public domain by Ms. Garcia.
|Founded in 1561, San Juan Teposcolula is in the
Mixteca region of Oaxaca, at an elevation of 7546 feet
(2300 meters) above sea level. In 2005 the population was
1344, almost all of whom identify as Catholics. Both the
church and the former convent have a large number of
ancient santos. Those in the church are generally in good
condition, but many in the former convent have suffered
We will begin our tour in the church with El Señor de la Muerte and then look into the convent.