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Ruins at Monte Albán, Mexico
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán is a World Heritage Site in the state of Oaxaca de Juarez in Mexico. The inscription covers two main components, the Historic Centre of the city of Oaxaca, and the Archaeological Site of Monte Albán. Together, this inscription celebrates the heritage of the ancient peoples that lived and worked the land over a thousand years ago, including the Olmecs, the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs.


Pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Albán
Pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Albán
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The ancient peoples of Oaxaca created pre-Columbian civilizations that spanned 1,500 years. During that period, they builts irrigation canals, terraces, dams and temple mounds, the most significant of which is Monte Albán. Although ravaged by the elements, the ancient constructions can still be seen today in the municipalities of Oaxaca, Xoxocotlan and Cuilapan.

In all, some 200 archaeological sites have been inventoried in Oaxaca, with Monte Albán being the best example, because it shows the successive use of the area by different peoples, from the Olmec to the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs.


Courtyard of the former Convent of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca
Courtyard of the former Convent of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca
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The city of Oaxaca is also included in the World Heritage inscription. It is an excellent example of a grid city plan devised by Spanish colonial town planners. With the modern city of Oaxaca growing around its historic core, most important historic buildings of the city have been remarkably well preserved, with some 1,200 historic monuments still intact, inventoried and listed.


Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 7 - 11 December, 1987.


Interior of the Church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca
Interior of the Church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: Paris, France, 7 - 11 December, 1987 in the Municipalities of Oaxaca, Xoxocotlan and Cuilapan, in the state of Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico.
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV
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