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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the most beautiful of San Cristóbal's churches, with a pink Baroque façade that is especially impressive when lit up at night. The interior is richly decorated and shimmers with gold. The ornate pulpit and golden altarpieces are the main focus of this 16th-century architectural monument. The highlight of the church is the intricately carved facade which is worthy of close examination. Santo Domingo is sadly a bit run down at present and the opening hours have become somewhat erratic, but it is certainly still worth a visit for anybody interested in churches and religious art work. Visitors are welcome at services but should prepare to be scolded by local worshippers if they don't show proper respect for the place and religion. The area in front and around the church is filled each day with craft stalls and village traders and is a great place to find Mexican souvenirs like woven blankets and shawls and amber jewellery. The market is so popular that it spills almost into the church when at its busiest, which frustrates some visitors seeking peace for prayers and meditation, but it is a fantastic place to do some shopping.

Address: Lázaro Cardenas Street