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Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Administration
Full nameOaxaca de Juárez
Official nameOaxaca de Juárez
Settlement typeTown & Municipality
CountryMexico
StateOaxaca
Founded1532
Municipal Status1879
Government
Municipal PresidentLuis Julián Ugartechea Begué (PAN) (2011-)
Geography
Total Area33 sq mi (85.48 km2)
Elevation5101.7 ft (1555 m)
Demography
Total Population265006 (2005)
Seat258008
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
Postal code (of seat)68000
Area code951

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:'Oaxaca is the name of both a state in Mexico and that state's capital city. This article is about the city/municipality. For the state, see Oaxaca.

The city and municipality of
Oaxaca de Juárez, or simply Oaxaca, is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of the same name (Oaxaca). It is located in the Centro District in the Central Valleys region of the state, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre at the base of the Cerro del Fortín extending to the banks of the Atoyac River. This city relies heavily on tourism, which is based on its large number of colonial-era structures as well as the native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archeological sites. It, along with the archeological site of Monte Alban, were named a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is also the home of the month-long cultural festival called the “Guelaguetza,” which features Oaxacan dance, music and a beauty pageant for indigenous women.

It is nicknamed "la Verde Antequera" (the green Antequera) due to its prior name (Nueva Antequera) and the variety of structures built from a native green stone. The name Oaxaca is derived from the Nahuatl name for the place, Huaxyacac, which was Hispanicized to Guajaca, later spelled Oaxaca. “de Juárez” was added in honor of Benito Juárez, who was a native of this state. The coat of arms for the municipality bears the image of the decapitated Donaji, who was an indigenous princess in the years immediately after the Conquest.


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