NileGuide Expert Says:
Along Monte Alban, this is the most important set of ruins in Oaxaca.
Carretera Oaxaca - Mitla Km 42
San Pablo de Mitla, Oaxaca
70438 Oaxaca City, Mexico
Mitla was the most important Religious center for the Zapotecs. The city is now a set of ruins, being destroyed by the Spaniards after the Conquest of Mexico. The clergy built the San Pablo church exactly where Mitla's main temple was, but never demolished the rest of the city, so the ruins were preserved without hardly any restoration.
Mitla's famous painted walls and unique entwines and fretworks have influenced Oaxaca's and the rest of Mexico's art. The delicate and complex geometry of the place and the decor are what give Mitla its magical and enchanted feeling.
Mitla was recently appointed
a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in August 2010.