Over two days, I spent about five hours in this impressionante place. According to one of the exhibits, when the Bourbons took over the Spanish throne in the late 18th Century, they decided that the the religion of Mexico was no longer orthodox Christianity, but a syncretism of Catholicism and indigenous belief. Well that new religion certainly knew how to build temples. I only took a few photos, mostly of the building, and one of an artifact (see below).

One of the cloisters

View of the Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens

Panorama of the Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens. Click image for larger size.

The star of the museum -- the decorated skull from Tomb 6 at Monte Alban.

The dogs here are very relaxed, that is, when they aren't on leashes or behind gates or bars. (In that case, they are just as territorial and aggressive as as guard dogs anywhere.) These two are quite secure in their place in the world.

The most interesting to this human -- precisely because they are not interested in me -- are the street dogs. No son salvajes (They aren't wild) -- Imelva told me on the day I arrived -- son callejeros (those who live in the street). This callejero poses with a what's left of a street art portrait of another callejero.