Plaza Santo Domingo
Portales de Santo Domingo
In the Plaza Santo Domingo are these archways that have been used by scribes since the 18th century. Over the decades they have been...
Palacio de la Inquisición
This was the headquarters of the Holy Inquisition in Nueva España until 1812. Today it houses the Museum of Mexican Medicine. The facade...
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
This church is all that remains of the first Dominican monastery to be established in Mexico.
Centro Cultural de España
Young hipsters pack the terrace of this place each weekend for its excellent DJ and live-music sessions. Located directly behind the...
Hostería de Santo Domingo
Whipping up classic Mexican fare since 1860, Mexico City's oldest restaurant has a festive atmosphere, enhanced by live piano music. The...
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Plaza Santo Domingo information
Smaller and less hectic than nearby Zócalo, this plaza has long served as a base for scribes and printers. Descendants of those who did the paperwork for merchants using the customs building (now the Education Ministry) across the square, the scribes work on the west side beneath the Portales de Santo Domingo , aka Portales de Evangelistas.
To the north stands the maroon stone Iglesia de Santo Domingo , a beautiful baroque church dating from 1736. The three-tiered facade merits a close look: statues of St Francis and St Augustine stand in the niches alongside the doorway. The middle panel shows St Dominic de Guzmán receiving a staff and the Epistles from St Peter and St Paul, respectively. At the top is a bas-relief of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
East of the church, the 18th-century Palacio de la Inquisición was headquarters of the Holy Inquisition in Mexico until Spain decreed its closure in 1812. Its official shield shows up at the top of the facade.