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  • Pedestrian only, Alcala Street runs through central Oaxaca from the main plaza (zocalo) to famous Santo Domingo church, creating a relaxing, no-rushing ambiance in this charming colonial city. width:635;;height:480
  • Many of Oaxaca's central streets are stone-paved, like this side street leading to Santo Domingo Church. width:593;;height:480
  • Handsome stone-built Santo Domingo Church is one of Oaxaca's most famous attractions. width:635;;height:480
  • Santo Domingo's pretty twin towers. width:622;;height:480
  • Many of Oaxaca's original buildings are constructed of heavy stone blocks, like these near the city's sprawling main markets. width:640;;height:389
  • More delicate, prettily arched buildings line the Zocalo - Oaxaca's main plaza - and are filled with open-aired restaurants and cafes. width:640;;height:389
  • A huge variety of architectural styles line Oaxaca's central streets, many in vibrant colors with interesting architectural detailing. width:640;;height:477
  • ...such as these windows protected by wrought-iron bars and decorated with colorful boxes of flowers. width:632;;height:480
  • This beautiful grand courtyard is within a large renovated stone building now housing government offices. width:640;;height:434
  • The courtyard is lined by beautiful columned hallways... width:358;;height:480
  • ...another lovely hallway in the same government building. width:363;;height:480
  • One distinctive feature of many of Oaxaca's buidings is their green stone blocks, which I've never seen in any other cities. width:347;;height:480
  • Oaxaca is one of Mexico's main centers for the arts. Charming little galleries and museums showcase all varieties of artwork, from ethnic handicrafts to modern paintings. width:621;;height:480
  • Oaxaca's beautiful spacious colonial buildings are perfect for displaying art. width:632;;height:480
  • ...an interesting display of sculptures in another Oaxaca gallery. width:640;;height:390
  • But the artwork isn't limited to galleries and museums. It pours out into Oaxaca streets with colorful murals like this one... width:640;;height:469
  • ...and large folksy statues, like this one outside a Oaxaca handicrafts store. width:364;;height:480
  • Several Oaxaca buildings have been converted into grand hotels... width:363;;height:480
  • ...with pools, flowering trees and lovely sitting areas filling the spacious courtyards. width:640;;height:445
  • ...and open-air hallways lining the interior courtyards. width:631;;height:480
  • ...and charming sitting spaces accented with art and flowers. width:625;;height:480
  • Renovated colonial buildings also make for fantastic restaurants. width:640;;height:447
  • This restaurant wall is filled with traditional pottery, a unique artistic touch. width:635;;height:480
  • Santo Domingo is the only church I've come across that features a cactus garden for its front lawn. width:635;;height:480
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  • Oaxaca's beautiful public library, situated in another renovated building. width:640;;height:480
  • Another grand stone church located on the edge of central Oaxaca... width:636;;height:480
  • ...with Oaxaca Valley hills as a backdrop. width:635;;height:480
  • ...yet another pretty building in central Oaxaca. width:635;;height:480
  • ...and a final view of Santo Domingo Church with it's lovely cactus garden. width:622;;height:480
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