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‘Visiting Oaxaca in Mexico’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Oaxaca, the State Capital, declared Humanity‚Äôs Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO, owes its fame to the beauty and harmony of its architecture, the richness of its cultural traditions, the wide variety of its typical foods, and its soft temperate climate, spring-like throughout the year. ‘Oaxaca’ is pronounced as ‘Oha -ka’ or ‘Waha-ka’

world map basic 500 40 500 66Let us spot Mexico on the world map.location oxaca 95And then locate Oaxaca in the map of Mexico. 800px-SantoDomingo12-05Oaxaca109 wiki 40Santo Domingo Church, Oaxaca.P1450711 400 20This city attracts a huge number of tourists because of its large number of colonial-era structures as well as the native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archeological sites. It, along with the archeological site of Monte Alban were named a World Heritage Site  in 1987.  800px-Monte_Alban_temple_2006_08 raymond ostertag 33Mount Alban near Oaxaca. Photo by Raymond Ostertag

A month-long cultural festival called the ‘Guelaguetza’, which features Oaxacan dance, music and a beauty pageant for indigenous women is one of the attractions of visiting this town.

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P1450695 500 40This lovely house had a notice ‘For Sale’. Interested?P1450659 500 40

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P1450723-500-40 oaxacaA view of the town from the hotel.

The day I was in this town happened to be the Independence day of Mexico  and I had the privilege of watching a very colourful parade.  But that deserves another article.

Soon, I promise.

(Text with inputs from the internet)

Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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