Mitla, located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is an archaeological site renowned for its unique geometric mosaic patterns adorning the ruins.

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  • 🇲🇽 State: Oaxaca
  • ⏰ Timezone: Central Standard Time (GMT-6)
  • ✈️ Airport: Oaxaca City International Airport (OAX)
  • 💲 Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)
  • ✈️ Cheap flights:
  • 🕝 Average Trip Length: 1-2 days
  • 🛃 Visa: 180 days
  • 🚑 Travel Insurance: Ekta
  • 📲 Best Sim Card: Telcel
  • 🔌  Power plug: Type A (US, Canada)
  • 🚰 Tap water: Not drinkable
  • 💰 Cashless: No
  • 💵 USD allowed? No

Mitla is a significant archaeological site in Oaxaca, Mexico, that served as a religious and ceremonial center for the Zapotec civilization.

Dating back to the Classic and Post-Classical periods of Mesoamerican chronology, Mitla is unique for its intricate and detailed mosaic fretwork and geometric designs, which are unmatched by any other pre-Columbian site.

These designs are believed to symbolize the Zapotec cosmology and were carefully crafted from thousands of cut, polished stones fitted together without mortar.

The site includes several groups of buildings, such as the Group of the Columns and the Church Group, showcasing impressive stone columns and friezes.

Mitla stands out for its extraordinary architectural style, particularly its elaborate mosaic tilework, which is considered a masterpiece of ancient Mexican art.

Unlike the more common monumental pyramids and temples found in other Mesoamerican sites, Mitla’s buildings are decorated with intricate geometric patterns made from finely cut and fitted stones.

These patterns are not merely decorative; they carry religious and cosmological significance, reflecting the Zapotecs’ sophisticated beliefs and their understanding of the universe.

The precision and complexity of Mitla’s designs, along with its well-preserved state, offer invaluable insights into the social, religious, and artistic practices of the Zapotec civilization.

  • Mitla, Oaxaca
  • Oaxaca City International Airport (OAX)
  • Rainy season: Jul-Oct
  • Hottest Month: August
  • Coldest month: January

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