Near the beautiful Valladolid is one of the most beautiful temples in Yucatan. The population of Uayma preserves the most flirtatious temple, welcome to the former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
Without a doubt, the temple and former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán de Uayma is the most flirtatious temple in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a very close visit to the beautiful colonial city Valladolid, which you can combine with some cenote in the area. Uayma is a quiet town 15 kilometers from Valladolid, where in addition to the beautiful temple, you can take a walk and talk for a while with the friendly locals.
Uayma has a couple of luxury accommodations, you know how we like to discover different places.
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History of the temple and former convent of Santo Domingo de Uayma
This place was one of the first temples used for evangelization by the Franciscans. The encomendero Juan Vellido tells in his chronicles about the 1579 that the church was made with stones from Mayan mounds found in the town. It was a common practice to build the new Catholic churches with the stones of the ancient Mayan cities, the evangelizing footprint modified the historical landscape in an overwhelming way.
Fray Diego de Cogolludo in his history of Yucatan says that Uayma was the head of doctrine because the first stage of construction was ready in 1581 (Source). According to the inscription found in the access portal, the temple and convent were completed in the year of 1642.
The most striking feature of this temple of viceregal Yucatan architecture are the ajaracas, ornaments that clothe the temple in a flirtatious way, like no other on the Peninsula. These enhancements we see both in the facade and in the interior. Visiting the temple and former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán de Uayma is really entertaining.
During the known as War of Castes (1847-1901) the temple was burned, like many other temples. In fact there are many temples in the Peninsula that are fallen but are still used to celebrate Masses. I like that, if you populate the Yucatan Peninsula you'll see them in several places. Uayma was restored in its entirety in the 2005 year.
Uayma We like it so much that from time to time we just peek in, to give ourselves that visual taste. More if it is in the afternoon, when the sun illuminates the facade of the temple, and we take the opportunity to take a picture.
On the last occasion we toured the town more slowly, and found some odd treasure to stay at. Being curious takes you to the best places.
Santo Domingo de Uayma TempleLOCATION: Uayma is located at 15 km of Valladolid.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Valladolid you can go by public transport or by private taxi.
TEMPLE HOURS: Monday through Sunday from 8: 00 am to 1: 00 pm and from 3: 00 pm to 6: 00 pm
FESTIVITIES: the main holidays are the last week of July and the first days of August. The 4 of August perform masses of guilds in honor of the patron saint Domingo de Guzmán. They are parties of dairies and fairs.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN UAYMA: there is a magnificent accommodation in front of the temple, House of the Pianos It is a secret where to be. The other one is Harmony with options of villas and bungalows. And for those who like to camp, you can do it in one abandoned hacienda of Uayma.
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