Monté Alban

View northeast to the Plataforma Norte.  The buildings of Monté Alban were originally plastered and painted red. Some smaller edifices outside the Gran Plaza, on the edge of the plateau
Jarrett in front of the altar in the Sunken Patio that tops Plataforma Norte (above).  Only the noble and priest classes were permitted to enter the Sunken Patio and watch sacred ceremonies The trees behind the man are ahuehuetes, a type of cypress. The biggest tree in the Americas is supposedly just outside Oaxaca city - a 3,000 year old ahuehuete189 feet around and 138 feet high.

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