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    Frida Kahlo House in Mexico City

    by MD2nd Updated May 28, 2013

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    Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in the house of her parents in Coyoacán. At the time, this was a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo (1872-1941), was born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo in Pforzheim, Germany. He was the son of the painter and goldsmith Jakob Heinrich Kahlo and Henriette Kaufmann. Kahlo's father was of Jewish Hungarian-German ancestry. Wilhelm Kahlo sailed to Mexico in 1891 at the age of nineteen and, upon his arrival, changed his German forename, Wilhelm, to its Spanish equivalent, Guillermo. Frida's mother, Matilde Calderón y Gonzalez, was a devout Catholic of primarily indigenous, as well as Spanish descent. On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. An iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus.Although she recovered from her injuries and eventually regained her ability to walk, she was plagued by relapses of extreme pain for the remainder of her life. Frida Kahlo died in her age of 47, in her parents' house.

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    Tombs

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 23, 2012

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    To the north of the Gran Plaza are the cemetery and tombs. The tombs contain magnificent glyphs, paintings, and stone carvings of gods, goddesses, birds, and serpents. The tombs may or may not be open to the public when you arrive, but it's worth checking.

    Of the tombs so far excavated, the most famous is Tomb 7, next to the parking lot on the east side. It yielded some 500 pieces of gold, amber, and turquoise jewelry, as well as silver, alabaster, and bone art objects. This amazing collection is on display at the Regional Museum down in Oaxaca. Unfortunately, the tomb itself is rarely open to the public.
    Another highlight is Tomb 104, on the west side and just north of the Gran Plaza. It has a fabulous ceramic urn above the entrance, which depicts a figure seated on a jaguar throne.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 42.59" N 96° 46' 4.07" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban Tombs.

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    Palace

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 23, 2012

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    The Palace is a two-part structure with a central staircase, with alfardos ending in the form of talud. In the upper part are 13 rooms grouped around a central patio. The doorway of this grouping is a dintel, recently arranged.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 28.33" N 96° 46' 5.54" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban Palace.

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    East Side

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 23, 2012

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    Also on the east side of the plaza are several altars and pyramids that were once covered with stucco. The sloping walls, wide stairs, and ramps are all typical of Zapotec architecture and reminiscent of the architecture of Teotihuacán.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 40.45" N 96° 46' 5.31" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban East Platforms.

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    North Platform

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 23, 2012

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    The North Platform is a large maze of temples and palaces interwoven with underground tunnels and sanctuaries. There are numerous reliefs, glyphs, paintings, and friezes along the lintels, jambs and walls to explore. In this section of the ruins, you are likely to see vendors from the nearby town of Arrazola selling "original" artifacts from the site.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 28.33" N 96° 46' 6.16" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban North Platform.

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    Danzantes

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 23, 2012

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    Los Danzantes (Building of the Dancers) is the main highlight of the west side of the plaza. It is the earliest surviving structure at Monte Albán. This building is covered with large stone slabs with carvings of humans in strange, tortured positions (these are copies; the originals are in the site museum).

    Because of the fluid movement represented in the figures, they became known as the Danzantes, but this is only a modern label for these ancient and mysterious carvings. The distorted bodies and pained expressions might connote disease or suffering; some have clear features of childbirth, dwarfism, and infantilism. Other experts believe they are prisoners of war.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 31.36" N 96° 46' 9.48" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban Danzantes.

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    West Side

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 22, 2012

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    The west side has more ceremonial platforms and pyramids. One of the pyramid complexes, named System IV, is almost identical to Mound M, which is on the west side near the South Platform. Both are well-preserved and were once topped with one-room wooden temples.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 40.08" N 96° 46' 6.31" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban West Platforms.

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    South Platform

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 22, 2012

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    On the south side of the plaza is the South Platform, which once had several carved stelae. Most of these are now in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, but at the northeast and northwest corners are staelae showing prisoners of war with their arms and legs bound.
    A small temple on top of the platform is known as Mound III. You can get a good view of the surrounding area from here.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 30.92" N 96° 46' 4.53" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban South Platform.

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    Ball court

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 22, 2012

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    On the eastern side of the Great Plaza is an I-shaped ball court (Juego de Pelota). This ball court differs slightly from Maya and Toltec ball courts in that there are no goal rings and the sides of the court slope.
    The ball game played on this court had ritual significance, and losers were usually put to death as an offering to the gods. The game wasn't easy, either: players had to manipulate the ball using only hips, shoulders, knees and elbows.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 40.60" N 96° 46' 1.06" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio
    Monte-Alban Ball Court 1,
    Monte-Alban Ball Court 2.

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    Observatory

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 22, 2012

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    To the south of these center buildings is the Observatory, which was either used as its name indicates or to celebrate victory in battle. Glyphs carved on the walls may be of the names of conquered tribes. The only building at Monte Albán not aligned with the north-south axis, the Observatory was probably aligned with the stars instead.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 28.78" N 96° 46' 5.07" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monte-Alban Observatory.

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    Great Plaza

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 22, 2012

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    The various structures of Monte Alban center on the Gran Plaza or Great Plaza, a large open space created by flattening the mountaintop. From this plaza, aligned north to south, there is a great view of the Oaxaca Valley.

    From the Gran Plaza, there are many buildings to explore – excavations at Monte Alban have revealed over 170 tombs, numerous ceremonial altars, stelae, pyramids, and Ball Court palaces. In the center of the Gran Plaza are the creatively-named Buildings G, H, and I. These served as temples and contained several tombs.
    A tunnel was discovered to lead from the Palace on the east side of the plaza to Building H, possibly so that people could appear here as if by magic.

    You can watch my photo of Monte-Alban on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 28.26" N 96° 46' 5.54" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio
    Monte-Alban Great Plaza Look North,
    Monte-Alban Great Plaza Look South .

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    Zacatecas state

    by MD2nd Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    Zacatecas is located in the great central plateau of Mexico, with an average elevation of about 7700 feet. The state is somewhat mountainous, being traversed in the west by lateral ranges of the Sierra Madre Occidental, and by numerous isolated ranges in other parts – Mazapil, Norillos, Guadalupe and others. There are no large rivers, only the small head-streams of the Aguanaval in the north, and of the Guazamota, Bolanos and Juchipila in the west, the last three being tributaries of the Rio Grande de Santiago.

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    Monte Alban Pyramid

    by MD2nd Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    This massive complex of pyramids, terraces and crumbling temples is considered one of the most important examples of pre-Columbian culture in all of México. Constructed by a culture that possessed a genius for building, this spectacular city is one of the most thoroughly explored archaeological sites in México. Throughout the centuries Monte Albán has continued to amaze those who study the site and has never failed to remain both magical and mysterious.

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    Municipal Tourist Office
    Corner García Vigil and Independencia
    Open daily 10am-7pm
    Ceprotur (Tourist Protection Centre)
    Murguía 206
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    ph: 01 (951) 514 2155

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    Isla Mujeres

    by MD2nd Written Jun 30, 2009

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    The Isla Mujeres is located due east off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It's about eight miles across the Bay of Women (Bahia Mujeres), still in sight of its neighbor to the west, Cancun. The island was formed by ocean currents depositing sediment, which provided its abundance of sand and flat topology. Isla is five miles long and roughly one half mile wide at the widest point.

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    Oaxaca sight seeing tour

    by MD2nd Written Jun 29, 2009

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    La Verde Antequera (the green place of antiques), as it is known with aristocratic nostalgia, watches over countless ancient and modern legacies that tempt its visitors. The historic heritage catches the eye when traveling through the city and its surroundings. The valleys around Oaxaca also offer an incredible variety of ecological experiences and exciting adventures.

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