Mitla, Oaxaca de Juárez
Mictlan or it is known Mitla in Spanish is located outside Oaxaca. It is important archeological site of Zapotec culture.
The Spanish destroyed Mitla and used it to built Catholic Church of San Pedro, which is standing next to Mitla ruins.
Mitlan means place to rest. (sanatory) it is in the place San Pablo de la Mitla
Open 8-17 probably monday closed am not sure
Entrance 35 pesos
Video 35 pesos
The church outside is built on a temple
Mitla is build in 1080 by Zapothecos/Mixtecos?
they used cactus juice as glue on for shine
the guide says that 90% is orginal
in tomb 2 you have to crawl 2/3 meters. I am not thin but even i manage to go there.
tomb 3 column of life didnot go inside. story was if you put your arms around it you can see how long you life. not good if you have long arms i understand also it was not possible to do it heard it was behind a fence.
Mitla is much bigger but it is still covered.
Look at my travelogues on San Pablo Villa de Mitla page
Mitla is an ancient Zapoteque Indian city which was overtaken by the Miztecs before the Spanish arrived in Mexico. Most constructions are in ruins but some walls and parts of the ancient city are still standing and can fill you with awe. You can go down in dark and damp tunnels into old tombs, if you,re nimble enough to bend in two.
What I liked most of all in Mitla was the co-existence of the old Zapoteque culture with the later dominant Spanish colonial presence. The Church of San Pedro, with its red domes, seems to appear at different angles in every pic I took of the ancient Zapoteque city. It,s around the church that you will find the artifacts market and the food vendors... as usual in Mexico. Churches seem to go hand-in-hand with community life.
In Mexico, people of every background usually stop and sign themselves silently when passing in front of a Church. Sometimes this can be confounding... like when you are explaining the direction to your hotel to a cab driver and he does a few quick signs of the cross and kisses the rosary hanging from his rear-view mirror. Makes you wonder what in the world might have happened to your hotel while you were at the Mall.
Some 50 km south-east of Oaxaca lies town of Mitla. It's a smaller modern town which used to be (one of) the most important Zapotec indian religious center. Nowdays little is left of that time. Couple of stone walls. Which have something unique - mosaics. Nothing simmilar can be found in rest of the Mexico.
My San Pablo Villa De Mitla Page
Mitla is a beautiful ruin. It has an amazing castle/temple with a Spanish Cathedral in the background forever reminding us of the Spanish Conquest. I have created a short and sweat page on this site so please check out my San Pablo Villa de Mitla page.
some cacti are higher than the houses here! I like this pic so I,m adding it in. A few more pics of Mitla in a travelogue below.