Mexico/Mexico City: Mexico City – Plaza & Church of Santo Domingo

A few blocks from the main square and Cathedral of Mexico City lies another plaza with an equally impressive, although much smaller, old church – Church of Santo Domingo. This church is the leftover from the monastery complex that was established in 1526 as one of the first in the New Spain. The exterior is austere (with red panels made from tezontle, a blood-colored volcanic stone) compared to the treasures inside – three very elaborate and massive altars lining the walls of a structure built like a Latin cross. All three altars have many sculptures, stucco, figurines of angels and saints, gold, and more gold. You can’t help but being totally floored by all this riches and art treasures, condensed into such a relatively small space and all being hundreds of years old.