Tuesday, 22 January 2013

415 MX - Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán (1987)

Brief 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."


"在1500多年的历史中,曾先后有多个民族在赫奥尔巴山居住过,他们包括奥尔梅克人、萨巴特克人和米斯泰克人。在阿尔班山考古遗址 有许多梯田、水坝、运河、金字塔以及人造山,这些都是在山上开挖修建出来的,是神圣地形学的标志。在阿尔班山考古遗址附近的瓦哈卡市采用的是纵横交错的城 市格局,展示了西班牙殖民时期城镇规划的一种范例。城市中的建筑结构非常坚固,说明这是为了适应当地地震多发的情况而设计建造的。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/415

Historic Centre of Oaxaca
Archaeological Site of Monte Albán  
Courtesy of igor63 from postcrossing forum
Historic Centre of Oaxaca

Courtesy of Claus from Germany
Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

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