Santo Domingo Convent and Basilica


Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Near the historic city center of Lima, Peru, is a magnificent structure with an incredible outdoor courtyard.  This is the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Convent of Santo Domingo.  That’s quite a mouthful, so most just call it Santo Domingo.  The exterior façade, impressive as it may be, doesn’t really hint at the wonders you’ll find inside.

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

I’m going to spend most of today’s blog post on the exterior and the outdoor courtyard contained within the structure’s walls.  Wednesday we’ll spend some time inside.

But to get to the courtyard you must first pass beneath this rather impressive wood-ceiling”

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

After passing through here you come into the courtyard with its detailed tile walls and columns:

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Here you can see in great detail some of the tiles that surround the courtyard:

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

The courtyard itself is home to the lovely cloister garden:

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Towering above the cloister courtyard is the convent belfry:

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo

Here is today’s gallery.  Click on any image below to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show:

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