Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian near Oaxaca, Mexico. Monte Albán is situated atop an artificially leveled ridge and has an elevation of about 6,400 ft above sea level and rises 1,300 ft from the valley floor, making it an easily defensible location. In addition to the monumental core, the site is characterized by several hundred artificial terraces, and a dozen clusters of mounded architecture covering the entire ridgeline and surrounding flanks.
Monte Albán was one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica and was important for nearly one thousand years as the Zapotec socio-political and economic center. It was founded around 500 BC and lost its importance around 700 AD and was soon abandoned.
The thing that we like most about the Monte Alban site is how the main, sunken square is so open. It is amazing looking down into the courtyard from any of the sides. One of the buildings in the courtyard was an ancient observatory, so it was pretty cool to see how they made their astronomical discoveries. There are other buildings, houses, temples, etc, but it is the main square that will blow you away as you come walking up to the edge and look down into it.
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