Templo Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Dating from 1556, the Templo Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Av. Rosario Castellanos at Calle Central Ote., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily) is the most imposing building on the central plaza. It was the last Dominican church built in Chiapas and is unique for its severity—other than the mustard-yellow paint job, the octagonal choir window is the only decoration on its facade.
Be sure to take a good look at the bell tower; the Mudejar-style arcading was only recently discovered under its stucco surface, a major discovery for early colonial architecture buffs.
The convent, unfortunately, was demolished; the brick building that stands in its place houses the Centro Cultural Rosario Castellanos (central plaza, Av. Rosario Castellanos at 1a Calle Sur Ote., tel. 963/632-0624, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free).
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition