Thursday, March 6, 2008

Culipan monastery




Culipan monastery.

It was left unfinished sometime in the middle of the 16th century, but the cloister, walls, cupola and foundations of what was supposed to be an enormous church remain This Dominican monastery could have been the largest complex of its kind in the New World if it had ever been finished. Set into the floor of the unfinished church can be found the tomb of Princess Donaji, a Zapotec princess and early convert to Christianity. It is said she fell in love with a Mixtec Lord, the Lord of Tilantongo.
When I was there it was a beautiful day and the huge chapel exposed to the sky was as beautiful in its own way as the very ornate churches that I had seen all over the area. No one else was around, so I was free to wander.

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