Thursday, 9 May 2019

Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

This site is formed by the town of Oaxaca, a Spanish colonial town, and by the Monte Albán, a much older site, once inhabited by Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs

Cathedral of Oaxaca
This postcard was sent by Marco

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (SpanishCatedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción), located in the city of Oaxaca de JuarezOaxaca, Mexico, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Antequera, Oaxaca. Its construction began in 1535 and it was consecrated on July 12, 1733. It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.
Its facade is made of green cantera stone commonly found in Oaxaca's buildings, and the interior is in Neoclassical style.
The towers of the cathedral are not the originals, as they were destroyed in 1931 by an earthquake. In the south there is a clock donated to Oaxaca by King Fernando VII. - in: wikipedia

Monte Albán
This postcard was sent by Ambulante

Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán Municipality in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The site is located on a low mountainous range rising above the plain in the central section of the Valley of Oaxaca where the latter's northern Etla, eastern Tlacolula, and southern Zimatlán & Ocotlán (or Valle Grande) branches meet. 
Besides being one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Albán's importance stems also from its role as the pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. Founded toward the end of the Middle Formative period at around 500 BC, by the Terminal Formative (ca.100 BC-AD 200) Monte Albán had become the capital of a large-scale expansionist polity that dominated much of the Oaxacan highlands and interacted with other Mesoamerican regional states such as Teotihuacan to the north (Paddock 1983; Marcus 1983). The city had lost its political pre-eminence by the end of the Late Classic (ca. AD 500-750) and soon thereafter was largely abandoned. - in: wikipedia

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