Mexico from Slides prt13: Mitla

Puzzles with Space

Puzzles with Space

(12 shots) | Mitla is an other archeological site in the state of Oaxaca. It’s in a valley; made by Zapotecs and developed further by Mixtecs. It had its largest size between 750 and 1521. Where Monte Albán was almost without details; Mitla’s main attraction are it’s details. “The geometric patterns called grecas in Spanish seen on some of the stone walls and door frames are made from thousands of cut, polished stones that are fitted together without mortar. The pieces were set against a stucco background painted red. The stones are held in place by the weight of the stones that surround them.” (Wiki) I liked the harmony of these reliefs.

Long, small Rooms

Long, small Rooms

Around the Corner

Around the Corner

Grupo de las columnas

Grupo de las columnas

In a Tomb

In a Tomb

Weight

Weight

Heavy Walls

Heavy Walls

Finished by Nature

Finished by Nature

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Layers on the Outside

Layers on the Outside

Remains of Paint

Remains of Paint

And finally our Christian explorers arrived in the 16th century; and could not think of anything better than building the Church of San Pablo on top.

Church of San Pablo

Church of San Pablo

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10 comments
  1. Very impressive! I like the geometrical art… 🙂

  2. Wonderful place, I hope I will there once! I love the pattern of the walls, amazing beautiful pics!

    • Thank you! From pics on the internet I get the impression that quite some restoration-work has been done, since my visit; so it might look even better now; unless you like things untouched, as they were. (and I hope I will make it to Cuzco, once).

  3. Truels said:

    An impressive place! Great photos.

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