Of Oaxaca's major churches, this is clearly the local favorite. There were more people praying here than in all the other churches we visited combined.
The outside is very lovely - it really does resemble the Treasury in Petra from a distance, as other reviewers have noted. And inside, the Virgin of Solitude herself, unmissable above the altar, is a real showstopper with her stern but serene expression; her stiff, pyramid-shaped blue gown; and her 5-pound golden crown encrusted with 600 diamonds.
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