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Monte Alban
Archaeological Ruins
Main Entrance, & Ballcourt. - Page One.

Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Ballcourt. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins. Notice White Jaguar On Top Right.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Ballcourt. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins. Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Ballcourt. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins. Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Ballcourt White Jaguar. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins. Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Grand Plaza Looking South From The Ballcourt Steps. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Grand Plaza & Building G, H, I, & J. Looking SW. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Grand Plaza & Building J. Looking SW. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.

Monte Alban is built at the junction of three broad valleys, across from the Atoyac stream, lays a series of large hills. The largest of these hills is nearly 400 meters above sea level. It was on the top of this mountain, which the Zapotecs leveled off and built into a great ceremonial city in about the year 500 ad. This center once ruled the entire region and collected tribute from the surrounding cities. The city is now known as Monte Alban. Monte Alban, or "White Mountains" in Spanish, was formerly called Danibaan (Sacred Mountain). No visit to Oaxaca can be considered complete without visiting Monte Alban.

Monte Alban was first occupied in about 500 B.C. and it was inhabited until about 850 A.D. when it bacame slowly abandoned. After it was abandoned it remained sacred to the Zapotecs and then later on to the Mixtecs who setttled in the area after the Zapotecs declined in power.

The entire city of Monte Alban is laid out on a NS and EW Alignment except for Building J which is an arrow shaped structure probably laid out with astronomical alignments.

The path that most visitors follow takes you through the main gate near the Visitors Center then along the Northeast side of the ruins to the NE corner of the site along the eastern back of Building A and the eastern back of the North Platform which starts your tour at the Ball Court.

We have written the word ENTER on the site map where most people actually enter the ruins. However, some people enter by going up to the top of the North Platform and then down into the ruins.

We have some photos taken of the main ballcourt, which is East of the North platform. At Monte Alban there are actually five separate ball courts. The others are smaller. But having five is an aspect of the site, that underlines the importance of Monte Alban at a regional level

INAH has placed many restrictions upon where you can walk at Monte Alban since our trip in December of 1982 and unfortunately you can not get the full view of many of the structures that we had in 1982. Our last page will show many of those views for your enjoyment.

A word about the restrictions. We don't like it, but if we were the director of INAH, we would do the same thing. First, the stones are of soft material and it is easily damaged by acid rain. Second, the tourists just love these sites to death and they need the protection. So, we just live with it, but we do miss the old days when the real artifacts were on the sites and you could walk anywhere you wanted to walk.

This Ruins Has Access To Those With Wheelchairs!

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We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into and out of the Xoxocotlán International airport and allow you to book any of several of the best hotels in Oaxaca.

We suggest getting a hotel and then letting them arrange either a car or a tour of Oaxaca. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.

We do this all the time, when traveling in Mexico. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!

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Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Site Map. Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins On Site Map By: INAH. Photo Taken: March 29, 2003.

Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Parking Lots, Visitors Center. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Parking Lots.
Visitors Center. Looking South.
Photo Taken From Tomb 105 Area.
North Side Of North Platform In Background.

VG Complex. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Jewelled Building. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Looking SW.
At VG Complex Monument.
South East Side.
Jewelled Building.
Jewelled Building. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Jewels. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
East Side.
Jewelled Building.
Next To East.
VG Complex Monument.
"Jewels" Above The "J".
Jewelled Building.
"Jewels" For Which
It Is Called:
The Jewelled Building.
Handicap Access. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Ball Court. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Wheel Chair Lift.
On South East
Corner Of North Platform.
Ball Court & South Platform From
East Of North Platform.
Building A. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.North Platform. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
East Side.
Building A With
North Platform In Background.
East Side North Platform.
North Platform. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Ball Court. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
East Side North Platform.East Side North Platform.
North Side Ball Court.
Mesoamerican Ballcourt. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Ball Court. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
North Side Ball Court.North Side Ball Court.
Ball Court. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Ballcourt. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Ball Court Looking SW.Ballcourt Looking SE.
South Platform. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Building Four or 4. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Standing On Building Two.
Lookin At
South Platform.
In Background,
Buildings G, H, I, J.
On Right Side.
Standing On Building Two.
Lookin At
Building Four.
In Background.
Building G. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.South Platform. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
East Side.
Building G, H, I.
Lookin At
South Platform In Background.
Buildings G, H, I, J.
On Right Side.
Palace. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Building G. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Looking Back.
NE At Buildings
2, P, The Palace, & Q.
Looking SW At Building G.
Building H. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Building I. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Looking SW At Building H.Looking SW At Building I.
Building J. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.The Chapel. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Looking SW At Building J,
Called "The Observatory"
Contains Several.
Astronomical Alignments!
Looking SW At The
Tunnel Complex.
Called "The Chapel"
Building H In Background.

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