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Mitla Archaeological Site

San Pablo Villa de Mitla

“The City of the Death” was built on the north side of Tlacolula Valley and was the second ceremonial center of importance in Oaxaca, just after Monte Albán.

After the fall of Monte Albán, this Prehispanic city was the political and religious center for Zapotecos and it was inhabited by more than 10 thousands and 500 people in its heyday, just before the arrival of the Spaniards.

While you go through its vestiges, you will realize that Mitla has a peculiar characteristic: the tiles are adorned with frets, one of the Zapoteca architectural styles in the city. In addition, the tombs of important personalities of the time have been found down the palaces.

Another characteristic that makes this site stand out from the others is the way the edification was organized. Dare to walk through its quadrangular patios, admire the facades of the halls and its wall decorated with big stone frets.

The beautiful church of San Pablo is another important must-see in your visit to the archaeological zone of Mitla. It was built in the year 1544 by the Spanish Conquistadors at the top of a platform in which a religious Zapotec temple was originally built.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to one of the handcraft Mezcalerias you can find nearby.
“The City of the Death” was built on the north side of Tlacolula Valley and was the second ceremonial center of importance in Oaxaca, just after Monte Albán.

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After the fall of Monte Albán, this Prehispanic city was the political and religious center for Zapotecos and it was inhabited by more than 10 thousands and 500 people in its heyday, just before the arrival of the Spaniards.

While you go through its vestiges, you will realize that Mitla has a peculiar characteristic: the tiles are adorned with frets, one of the Zapoteca architectural styles in the city. In addition, the tombs of important personalities of the time have been found down the palaces.

Another characteristic that makes this site stand out from the others is the way the edification was organized. Dare to walk through its quadrangular patios, admire the facades of the halls and its wall decorated with big stone frets.

The beautiful church of San Pablo is another important must-see in your visit to the archaeological zone of Mitla. It was built in the year 1544 by the Spanish Conquistadors at the top of a platform in which a religious Zapotec temple was originally built.

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