Sunday, December 2, 2007

Mitla....






(photo notes: the first two pictures are of the church built over and from the original temple, you can see parts of the designs to the left of the first church photo)
It is fascinating to see the designs in these Zapotec ruins that are the same as in the carpets, although when one thinks about, not surprising at all. The geometric designs symbolize the powers of nature (according to what I have read) but their undulating rhythm is beautiful in itself. Each frieze consists of up to 100,000 separate pieces of cut stone, amazing.
n 1494 the Aztecs conquered Mitla and sacked the city. Later the Spanish took over followed their common practice building a new church on top of the of the former temple, scavenging the temple for building materials.
Everything that I have read says these geometric designs are unique in the Americas.

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