Monte Alban

Monte Alban, Mexico

Monte Alban, Mexico

Monte Alban is one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica. Its ruins are located in the southern part of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico within the municipality of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan. Oaxaca City, the state capital, is approximately 6 miles east of Monte Alban. The ancient city had been the political and economic center for almost a thousand years. Founded about 500 B.C. it dominated much of Oaxacan highlands until it lost its power and was abandoned around 500 A.D.

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Oaxaca City

Oaxaca City, Mexico

Oaxaca City, Mexico

Oaxaca City, also known as Oaxaca de Juarez, is the largest city and capital of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains from the base of the Cerro del Fortin to the banks of the Atoyac River. Oaxaca is a tourist town, featuring colonial-era buildings built with the native green stone and archeological sites such as Monte Alban, named a UNESCOs verdensarvliste in 1987.

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