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Mexico
El Tajin
 A drunken face.
Mexico
El Tajin
 Some of the site is still being excavated.
Mexico
El Tajin
 Unexcavated pyramid.
Mexico
El Tajin
Pyramid of the Niches
 The Pyramid of the Niches is is the most famous structure at El Tajin.
Mexico
El Tajin
Pyramid of the Niches
 The Pyramid of the Niches is 20m high and contains 365 square niches.
Mexico
El Tajin
Pyramid of the Niches
 The niches.
Mexico
El Tajin
Pyramid of the Niches
 Brick decorations.
Mexico
El Tajin
Pyramid of the Niches
 The pyramid is in the centre of the site and is aligned with the compass points.
Mexico
El Tajin
 Brickwork.
Mexico
El Tajin
 The site is extensive.
Mexico
El Tajin
 Carved stone work.
Mexico
El Tajin
 Newly excavated area.
Mexico
El Tajin
 The Blue Temple.
Mexico
El Tajin
Building C
 Building C is a Mayan style temple.
Mexico
El Tajin
Building C
 Mayan style temple.
Mexico
El Tajin
Building C
 Mayan archway.
Mexico
El Tajin
Building C
 Mayan decoration.
Mexico
El Tajin
 Partially excavated pyramid.
Mexico
Puebla
Santa Monica Convent
 The kitchen of the convent where mole poblano (a chocolate sauce) was invented.
Mexico
Tlaxcala
Municipal Palace
 Mural showing the region's pre-Hispanic history.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 Excavations at the base of the 60m high pyramid.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 The pyramid's diagonal steps are unique to Cholula.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 The pyramid is the second largest in the world.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 Quetzelcoatl, the plumed serpent god.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 The pyramid is 425m square and 60m high.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 Carvings influenced by Toltec art.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 The pyramid was completed around 900.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 The construction of the pyramid began in 300 BC.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 An Aztec sacrificial altar with bones from victims.
Mexico
Cholula
Great Pyramid
 The pyramid has 8km of tunnels running through it.
Mexico
Cacaxtla
 The pyramid at Cacaxtla was built by the Mayans before 1000.
Mexico
Cacaxtla
 The site is famous for its murals.
Mexico
Cacaxtla
 Mural of a high priest dressed as a jaguar dating from 750.
Mexico
Cacaxtla
 The Mural of the Battle dates from 650.
Mexico
Oaxaca
Government Palace
 Mural showing life in the ancient city of Mitla.
Mexico
Oaxaca
Government Palace
 Mural showing 19th century reformers including Benito Juarez, a Zapotec who became President.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 The monastery has a museum with artifacts from the many archeological sites in the Oaxaca Valley.
Mexico
Oaxaca
San Domingo Monastery
 Zapotec huipile.
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.

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