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Monte Albán
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Monte Albán

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Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Mexico
Description:
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.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Monte Albán", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.