Convento de San Jose (Oaxaca)

Convento de San Jose (Oaxaca), Oaxaca, Mexico (B)

Oaxaca has a number of interesting archeological sites scattered around the state. While some may not be grand and exciting, they do make for a pleasant couple hours of exploring. One such place is Mitla. This site is a little bit further away from Oaxaca City than Monte Alban as it is about 44km away from the city. Mitla was the main religious center of the Zapotec culture (Monte Alban was the main political center) – even its name denotes the ultimate reason why religions exist: death. Mitla comes from the word Mictlán which means place of the dead. It should be of no surprise that the conquering Spanish apparently decided the word actually meant “hell”.

Mitla got its start at least 19 hundred years ago but its peak was between 750 and 1521 A.D. When the Spanish arrived, things changed. Since the site was important to the conquered people, the Spanish did their best to destroy it. As such, not much is left today. Still, there is enough remaining to give you an idea what the place would have looked like in its heyday. You can admire the tombs, carvings, geometric designs, mosaic fretwork, and a fence made by giant cacti. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Convento de San Jose (Oaxaca)
Guide Location: Mexico » Oaxaca
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Kendra Seignoret
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • La Escuela de Bellas Artes
  • Mitla

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