Welcome to Yanhuitlán, Coixtlahuaca & Teposcolula
The beautiful 16th-century Dominican monasteries in the villages of Yanhuitlán, Coixtlahuaca and San Pedro Teposcolula rank among Mexico’s finest architectural treasures. Their scale – especially the enormous capilla abierta (open chapel) spaces used for mass conversions of indigenous people – testifies to the size of local populations when the Spanish arrived. The monasteries’ restrained stonework fuses European and indigenous styles, and all three have ornate interior decoration, including enormous gilded wooden retablos (altarpieces). Recent renovations have restored their grandeur.