Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years by a succession of peoples – Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs – the terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Albán were literally carved out of the mountain and are the symbols of a sacred topography. The nearby city of Oaxaca, which is built on a grid pattern, is a good example of Spanish colonial town planning. The solidity and volume of the city's buildings show that they were adapted to the earthquake-prone region in which these architectural gems were constructed.

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2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Historic Centre of Oaxaca
  • Archaeological Site of Monte Alban

Historic Centre of Oaxaca

Archaeological Site of Monte Alban

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DATA

Region
Latin America and the Caribbean
Country
Mexico 
Category
Cultural
Name
Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1987
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Historic Center, Mountain, Registered in 1987