San Cristobal de las Casas

A very pleasant Spanish colonial era city in Southern Mexico, San Cristobal de las Casas is an understandably popular place, for it’s local history and architecture, and nearby natural beauty.

The main plaza is home to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, currently being restored after recent earthquake damage, with street art covering the site fence.

Red and white are popular church colours here, as shown by El Cerrillo.

There are plenty more churches in town, with the most elaborate facade (if least interesting interior) belonging to Templo de Santo Domingo Guzman.

My favourite though was Templo de Guadalupe, on a hillside to the east of the town city, with colourful banners along the street leading up to it.

To the west is the similar Temple de San Christobal.

Museo Mesoamericano del Jade is part of a shop, but a must see for replicas of jade pieces from the many Mexican cultures, including Olmec, Teotihuacan, Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, Toltec and Aztec. The highlight is a life-sized replica of the burial chamber of Pakal of Palenque.

Casa Na-Bolom is a traditional Spanish colonial house, now home to a anthropological museum of some interest.

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