© Suzanne Barbezat
Built between 1547 and 1551, Santo Domingo church is one of San Cristobal de las Casas’ most beautiful and emblematic buildings. Its monumental mortar facade (made with a mixture of lime, sand and water) was built in the sixteenth century by the Dominican friars, who masterfully combined various elements of the colonial baroque. Within the imagery in the facade you can find plant motifs. On either side of the central sculpture of Santo Domingo, the Habsburg coat of arms is represented by two-headed eagles.