(11 shots) | “Tlachihualtepetl” means “artificial mountain”; and that’s exactly how it looks. It’s better known as “The Great Pyramid of Cholula”. We had a long way to go that day, so we didn’t stay long. I chose to go undergroud; into the tunnel-labyrinth. Dark and spooky with an empty grave every now and then. The total tunnel-length is actually 8 km. In 1594 the Spanish invaders started to build the “Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios” (Church of Our Lady of Remedies) on top of the Pyramid-temple-complex. The icing on the cake. They were very good at that, those Spaniards; and maybe it was a fashion amongst powerful christians in those days; revering to the “Mezquita”, the Great Mosque of Córdoba, which center got penetrated by the “Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption”, starting in 1523. (To be complete: this Mosque of Córdoba was built ‘upon’ a catholic church; that was built on the foundation of a Roman Temple…).
Our bus drove us to Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán, a village in the state of Oaxaca. We were taken there to visit the “Templo y Ex-convento de Santo Domingo” (Temple and former convent of Saint Dominic), “built around the middle of the 16th century on pre-Hispanic foundations”(Wiki) … The complex of a church and a monastery was in the middle of a restoration.