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Page 8 Tlacolula Valley

Location: Mitla, Central America

A diverse prosperous valley

The government building in the main square

The lovely tiny village of Tule

The two thousand year old tree in the church's atrium, measuring 50 metres round the trunk. And home to hundreds of little birds.

Santa Maria Tule

The valleys prosperity arises from the production of tequila and mescale which comes from the agave plant. So mescale tasting was a must and the variety of fruit drinks were quite delicious.

Inside was very pretty.

Mitla, an important city of the Zapotecs. Once home to over ten thousand people at its height. Many of its temples were destroyed by the Spaniards who used some of the stones to build their buildings.

And then on to the textile factory for a demonstration, where the dyes all come from local natural resources.

Original stucco amidst perfectly preserved low relief. Another example of the original colour used for all of these buildings. These were buildings for the extremely wealthy or the royal. The walls and columns are richly decorated with distinctive geometric mosaics.

The site was small but there were five main groups of buildings found around the palace. Inside was incredible. A challenging place to explore with steep steps to climb on the staircases. In front of the palace was a stone altar so sacrifices may have been carried out here..... own blood was the highest gift one could give, men used a sting from a ray to penetrate the penis to produce the blood, caught in a cup to be offered up.

We had to crawl on all fours to get along the shafts of the tombs. Not for the claustrophobic.The symmetrical geometric stone work was again remarkable. This was a place worth visiting.

Two of the tombs are underground which meant a short step climb then a squeeze into the shaft.



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The lovely tiny village of Tule

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The government building in the main square

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Santa Maria Tule

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The two thousand year old tree in the church's atrium, measuring 50 metres round the trunk. And home to hundreds of little birds.

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Inside was very pretty.

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The valleys prosperity arises from the production of tequila and mescale which comes from the agave plant. So mescale tasting was a must and the variety of fruit drinks were quite delicious.

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And then on to the textile factory for a demonstration, where the dyes all come from local natural resources.

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Mitla, an important city of the Zapotecs. Once home to over ten thousand people at its height. Many of its temples were destroyed by the Spaniards who used some of the stones to build their buildings.

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The site was small but there were five main groups of buildings found around the palace. Inside was incredible. A challenging place to explore with steep steps to climb on the staircases. In front of the palace was a stone altar so sacrifices may have been carried out here..... own blood was the highest gift one could give, men used a sting from a ray to penetrate the penis to produce the blood, caught in a cup to be offered up.

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Original stucco amidst perfectly preserved low relief. Another example of the original colour used for all of these buildings. These were buildings for the extremely wealthy or the royal. The walls and columns are richly decorated with distinctive geometric mosaics.

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Two of the tombs are underground which meant a short step climb then a squeeze into the shaft.

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We had to crawl on all fours to get along the shafts of the tombs. Not for the claustrophobic.The symmetrical geometric stone work was again remarkable. This was a place worth visiting.