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Monte Albán archaeological site

Oaxaca

Monte Albán, which served as the capital city of the ancient Zapotec people, was built in Oaxaca's central valley and was deeply linked to Teotihuacán, as evidenced by the style of its buildings, ceramic, and murals.

The archaeological zone is divided up into 10 areas. As such, we suggest giving yourself enough time to explore all of its vestiges. You can start at the Gran Plaza (Great Square): a 200-meter (656-foot) wide plaza. The Gran Plaza is a fantast place from which to give yourself an idea of the importance of Monte Albán, one of the main cities in Mesoamerica and roughly the size of the city of Oaxaca.

Building H is the largest building. It is composed of two sections, a staircase, two tombs, and a temple. The famous jade mask of the Bat God was found here, and is exhibited in Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology.

The Los Danzantes building features hand-carved tombstones that boast human figurines with physical features not unlike those depicted by Olmec art.

Before departing, take some time to explore Tomb 7, which is the site of the greatest archeological wealth ever discovered in Mexico. Gold pectorals and bracelets, a skull lined with turquoise, jade earmuffs, rings, and fake nails, and polished crystal goblets were part of the great discovery. You can admire these artifacts at the Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, located in the Santo Domingo cultural center.
Monte Albán, which served as the capital city of the ancient Zapotec people, was built in Oaxaca's central valley and was deeply linked to Teotihuacán, as evidenced by the style of its buildings, ceramic, and murals.

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The archaeological zone is divided up into 10 areas. As such, we suggest giving yourself enough time to explore all of its vestiges. You can start at the Gran Plaza (Great Square): a 200-meter (656-foot) wide plaza. The Gran Plaza is a fantast place from which to give yourself an idea of the importance of Monte Albán, one of the main cities in Mesoamerica and roughly the size of the city of Oaxaca.

Building H is the largest building. It is composed of two sections, a staircase, two tombs, and a temple. The famous jade mask of the Bat God was found here, and is exhibited in Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology.

The Los Danzantes building features hand-carved tombstones that boast human figurines with physical features not unlike those depicted by Olmec art.

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