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Basilica de la Soledad

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Address: Independencia at Galeana, Oaxaca, Mexico
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This 17th-century church contains an interesting museum of religious art.

This 17th-century church contains an interesting museum of religious art.

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Beautiful building in atmospheric surroundings

Located in a square with lots of stalls and street vendors, the basílica is an artistic beauty with a delicately carved facade and an impressive interior. The image of the virgin... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jesusmiguel58
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Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in a square with lots of stalls and street vendors, the basílica is an artistic beauty with a delicately carved facade and an impressive interior. The image of the virgin (Oaxaca's patron saint) is said to have been discovered in a donkey's pack in the XVI century. The court of the convent adjoining the church and the interesting temple,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

They have a confessional so... They also have a museum, which I do not recommend, but if you have time to spare then do it. Similar to the Santo Domingo church, but probably half its size.

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Thank Daniel A
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a really beautiful basilica and the Soledad Virgin is quite something. You don't need to be religious to find this a moving place to sit quietly. Surprising, too, because just outside? So many dessert stands, so many vendors. Part of the great, colorful tradition of Oaxaca.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This church is 17th century, and has not had the restoration of either Santo Domingo or the Misericordia Cathedral. It is the church of the Virgin of the Solitude which at last made sense to us of the number of shrines which looked like Mary but were in white, not blue. Now we understand - they are not Mary, they... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

La Virgen de Soledad is the patron saint of Oaxaca and December 17th and 18th are her days. Lots of music, dancing, food and celebration. The church itself is beautiful and is more of a local church than Santo Domingo is.

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Thank Craig T
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Well, like I've said I'm not the church going type but I love these old buildings and their artwork eventhough it mostly a reminder of how the colonizing of the "new world" forced a Catholic belief upon the native people among with other pleasantries.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I was impressed by the sheer height of the Basilica de la Soledad. The surrounding courtyard is nice and the stone sculptures adorning the facade are quite nice. Unlike other churches and cathedrals in Oaxaca, the Basilica does not have any formal side chapels. What it does have is a massively tall central nave leading to the main altar. You... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It's not so much the church that draws me (though that is nice too), but the plaza out front with an array of niece stalls. Nieve is Mexican ice cream (emphasize ice rather than cream) in a staggering array of flavors. Try the rose petal. Also try the pastry vendor to the left of the entry arch heading into the... More 

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Benton, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you have seen Santo Domingo and it incredible baroque architecture this can see like a let down. But, its not. The fascinating part is this is where Oaxaca was founded. Note the rock on the right a little way in to the basilica, read the story and you will understand. There is also a small interesting museum behind the... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

When you go in it is cool inside and the contrast from outside light to inside is an awesoem transition. If you are religious, pray, light a candle, have a moment of introspection. Just another of many churches in downtown Oaxaca you can walk to.

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