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Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Ceramic from the Zapotec civilisation that flourished between 900 and 1521.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Zapotec figurine.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Zapotec face used in ceremonies.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Mixtec gold rings found in a tomb at Monte Alban.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Mixtec gold piece from Monte Alban.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Gold face (Mixtec, 1400 to 1521).
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Monte Alban is a Zapotec site dating from 400 BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The site is on a flattened hilltop 400m above the Oaxaca Valley.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The site once had a population of 25,000.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Observatory
 The Observatory dates from the 1st century BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Observatory
 The structure is aligned with the star Capella.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The Grand Plaza is 200m by 300m.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 There are many tunnels and tombs below the buildings.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The site was abandoned by the Zapotecs in the 8th century.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The site overlooks the valley and is surrounded by mountains.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The temple complex.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Overall view of the site with the Teotihuacan style sunken patio.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Mayan style reliefs of military conquests.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Dancer Stones
 The so-called Dancer Stones.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Dancer Stones
 The Dancer Stones depict slain enemies.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Dancer Stones
 The stones show Olmec influences.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Dancer Stones
 The stones date from 400 BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Dancer Stones
 The inscriptions are the oldest known true writing in Mexico.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The enormous southern pyramid.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Tourists on the southern pyramid.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The unexcavated northern complex contains many Zapotec tombs.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The Zapotec tombs were looted and later used by the Mixtecs.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The site is large and surrounded by mountains.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 The central buildings are contructed over rock that could not be flattened.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Most structures are on the outside of the Grand Plaza.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Toltec style ball court.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Structures along the western side of the complex.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Unexcavated parts of the site.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Newly excavated structures.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Tomb 104
 The 5th century Tomb 104.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Tomb 104
 Mask of the god Cocijo.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
Tomb 104
 The tomb contains frescos of Pitao Cozobi, the Zapotec maize god.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Monte Alban
 Tomb 3 was originally Zapotec. It was looted and later reused by the Mixtecs.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Tlacochuhuaya
Church of San Jeronimo
 The church dates from the 16th century.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Tlacochuhuaya
Church of San Jeronimo
 The interior of the church is full of Zapotec painting and artwork.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Mitla is a Zapotec site with Mixtec influence. It dates from the 1st century AD.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Hall of the Columns
 The Hall of the Columns is a temple.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Hall of the Columns
 The temple is covered with the 14th century Mixtec geometric patterns for which Mitla is famous.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Hall of the Columns
 The temple has 14 different geometrical patterns dating from the 1st century.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Hall of the Columns
 Over 100,000 individual pieces of stone were used in this single building.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Hall of the Columns
 Complex geometric patterns.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Hall of the Columns
 The interior of the temple.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Mitla flourished between 750 and the 14th century.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 One of the many buildings on the site.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 A Mixtec tomb.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Geometric detail from a Mixtec tomb.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 The Royal Palace.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Zapotec, Mixtec and Spanish architecture.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
Church of San Paolo
 The church is built on top of a Zapotec temple.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Building with Mixtec geometric patterns.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Entrance with geometric patterns.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 The 14 geometric patterns at Mitla are thought to represent deities.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Mitla
 Some of the buildings are painted.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 Yanhuitlan is the site of one the Oaxaca Valley's many Dominican monasteries.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The monastery at Yanhuitlan dates from the 16th century.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The monastery resembles a fortress.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The exterior of the monastery is elegantly carved.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 Carved statue.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 Exquisite carving.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The walls are thick against earthquakes.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 View from the monastery.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The interior courtyard.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The elegant cloister.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 A fresco of St Christopher.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 Yagul is deserted apart from cattle.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The site was inhabited from 400 BC until the Spanish conquest.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 Yagul was at its height around 900.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The site has many pyramidal structures.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The triple tomb is one of many at Yagul.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The ball court at Yagul is the largest in the Oaxaca Valley.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 View of the deserted ancient site.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 Fragments of ancient sites dot the Oaxaca Valley.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 Dainzu is a deserted Zapotec site dating from 300 BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 The site was abandoned around 1000.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 Pyramid dating from 300 BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 Partially ruined ball court.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 Palenque is a Mayan city founded in the 6th century AD and set in lush jungle.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 The site is small but has some of the best Mayan architecture.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The Palace is the site's largest building.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace dates from the 7th century.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace was constructed during the rule of King Pakal (615 to 683).
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The main staircase.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace is dominated by its observation tower.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The steep corbel arch is typical of Mayan architecture.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Mayan hieroglyphs cover the palace walls. The Mayans possessed a sophisticated writing system.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 A series of relief carvings for wich the site is famous.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Part of a stone relief.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Relief of a warrior.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace has underground passages.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Embedded stone head.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Steps with Mayan writing.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 King Pakal's mother, Zac Kuk, handing her son the rulers' ceremonial head dress.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 View from the observation tower.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Complete Mayan roof.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The site is surrounded by forest.

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