The Plaza de la Constitución main square, or Zocalo of Oaxaca City, is a highlight during any trip due to its history and architecture. And with good reason, it is considered to be one of the best displays of colonial architecture.
Much like other cities established during the arrival of the Spaniards, Oaxaca was founded and built in a style that can be seen in: the Main Square, The Church, the surrounding clerical and government buildings, and in the streets laid out around the plaza.
Today, the main square of Oaxaca is part of the buildings and monuments that are on the list of World Cultural Heritage sites by UNESCO.
The plaza is surrounded by: The Alameda de Leon, a small garden containing the monument in honor of General Don Antonio de Leon; the post office; The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, a church built in 1535 and rebuilt several times because of earthquakes; Los Portals, a walkway that offers a rich choice of restaurants and entertainment for all visitors; and the old Government Capital Building that was built in 1832 and now houses the Museo del Palacio.
The Zocalo is the ideal spot to go to for cultural events and artistic performances such as the "Night of the Radishes" festival, which is celebrated every December 23, in which expert gardeners showcase fantastic figures made from radishes.
At night the fun becomes even more, especially in the spring and summer when people prefer to stroll around shaded from the sun and heat. And it is then when Los Portales bring out the marimbas and sound for the delight of passers with traditional music, Oaxacan chocolate and many other culinary delights.
Today, the main square of Oaxaca looks more beautiful than ever thanks to the remodeling that was completed in 2005.