"Mitla" San Pablo Villa de Mitla by filipdebont

San Pablo Villa de Mitla Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 64 photos

Mitla, a small village, about 45 km from Oaxaca, is very famous for its beautifully decorated ruins. This was an important religious center.

Mitla comes from the word ‘mitlán’ which means 'land of the death' in the Náhuatl language.

After they left Monte Albán, the Zapotecs came to live here. They built a lot of grave tumbs over here. When the Zapotecs left Mitla, it was already taken by the Mixtecs. And later on came the Spanish.

Note the special fence around the archeological site; it is made of a row of cactuses. I think it is not wise to climb over this kind of fence.

  • Last visit to San Pablo Villa de Mitla: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated Nov 24, 2002
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2003 at 10:25 AM

    Great page, very interested area and amazing pictures!

  • Norali's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2003 at 12:10 PM

    Filip, The cactus image stroke me at Home so I jumped in for Mitla... and am glad to have done it..

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2003 at 2:08 AM

    I like the cactus ;-) Another interesting place to look out for. Those geometric limestone decor are quite amazing!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2003 at 9:02 AM

    Great page! I loved the photo with the decorations details, it shows how beautifully made these buildings are!

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2003 at 1:43 AM

    Wonderful page on a interesting place.. Enjoyed the story of the sailor hat.. ;-)

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2002 at 3:09 PM

    Lovely buildings and prickly vegetation :-)

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2002 at 12:46 AM

    Wow!Looks nice!!Great photos!Truus

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