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Museo de la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca


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Over the centuries, a large following of devotees has grown up around the Virgin of the Solitude, the patron saint of Oaxaca, her image embodied in the rigid, triangular statue residing in the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad. And over these centuries, many of the faithful have brought ex-votos, or offerings, to her — which include a wide-ranging assortment of small treasures, strange concoctions, and worthless rubbish — some of which have been saved and exhibited in the small museum located behind the Basilica. A visit to the museum is definitely worth it, if only to get a sense of the oddity and the variety of the offerings.


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