La Verde Antequera (Oaxaca’s nickname): Quarry history and stone carving in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is also called “La verde Antequera”, due to the green color of the quarry that brightens up many facades of historic buildings, have you seen it? Without this smooth kind of stone, our city wouldn’t have these gorgeous colors, neither would it be so attractive: it is everywhere! The floor in the streets, the Macedonio Alcalá theater, churches, convents, official buildings and many others have been cut and built with this material, originally extracted from mines close to the city downtown, which today are located in the western area of the population: Etla and its surroundings.

The Santiago family has been, for years, among the group of stone carvers in charge of maintenance and construction of some of these buildings. They used to extract, produce pieces and install them. Today Patricio, part of the younger generation, has decided to enter the stone carving art in order to produce small figures representing animal and human figures with pre-hispanic details. His innovative pieces absorb also the local tradition syncretism.

Our circuit starts with a brief car ride in the city to observe some of the most iconic constructions with quarry. We will receive a “brushstroke” of local history and architecture and then head to Magdalena Apazco, Patricio’s hometown and site where his quarry is located. We will observe the extraction site (abandoned today, but Patricio and his team will explain us the process) and climb up a small hill to the the area geography and observe where other quarries are located. Magdalena has algo an important (and unveiled) history in ceramist production.

We will then return to the factory to see the production of large pieces, visit the “demonstration house” and even try to carve on stone to know its characteristics. Before leaving Magdalena Apazco we will then visit Patricio’s Gallery and the family restaurant to try local food and get to know the local food. On our way back, we will visit the San Agustin Center of Arts, an old cotton factory dating from the late XIX century which is currently used as a space for training and creation of different artistic projects. If we are lucky enough and there is some exhibit, we will roam the place in the quest for inspiration. In the event that there is not such an exhibit, you will have time to to picture its architecture and gardens.

Length: 6 hours

Complete Journey

Productos adicionales

  • Lunch at local restaurants (2:00 hrs)
  • UNIDAM Visits (Downtown)
  • Quick visit to Xaquixe