Mitla is an important archeological site in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, in one of the three valleys that form the Central Valleys Region.
While Monte Albán (near Oaxaca) was most important as the political center, Mitla was the main religious center. The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl name Mictlán, which was the place of the dead or underworld. Its Zapotec name is Lyobaa, which means “place of rest.”
What makes Mitla unique among all Mesoamerican sites is the elaborate and intricate mosaic fretwork and geometric designs that cover tombs, panels, friezes and even entire walls.
This picture shows the Church of San Pablo, which the Spaniards built on top of a large pre-Hispanic platform. The stonework below is of pre-Hispanic origin.
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Bournazel (0) 2011-03-14 3:46
I'm going to visit the colonial Mexico this summer
I take the adress of this impressive place!
baclama (18896) 2011-03-14 4:58
voila une partie du Mexique que je ne connais et je crois que c'est bien dommage....
un POV en contre plongée qui permet au ciel de bien contraster avec cet edifice...
daddo (28142) 2011-04-09 6:31
Hi Benny. Interesting note which clarifies what we are looking at and how one culture builds on the ruins of the one it has destroyed. Excellent sharpness and natural colours. regards. Klaudio.