Sunday, August 11, 2019

Abandoned cities and towns

Las de Paquimé

The most impressive ruins of the so called Casas Grandes monuments. Remnants of ancient settlement from 1130 – 1300 AD. Gradually evolved into multi-storied...

Tula (Mexico)

Largest ancient city in central Mexico in the 9th – 10th centuries AD. Capital of Toltecs at 980 AD, destroyed sometimes in 1168 –...

Xochicalco

Remnants of a fortified city - an important urban center in 700 – 900 AD. Contains large structures entirely covered with sculptural work of...

El Tajín

One of the most important ancient cities of Mesoamerica. Flourished in 600 – 1200 AD, inhabited by people of diverse nationalities. Impressive monuments are...

Cantona

Remnants of heavily fortified ancient Mesoamerican city from 600 – 1000 AD. Unusual due to high concentration of ballcourts – 24 found so far....

La Quemada

Remnants of ancient city from 300 - 1200 AD, it is unclear which culture built it. Architecture of structures resembles the style of great...

Teotihuacan

One of the largest ancient cities in the world containing numerous monuments of architecture and art. Established sometimes around 200 BC and was abandoned...

Los Guachimontones

Remnants of ancient city of Teuchitlan culture, 300 BC - 900 AD. Characteristic monument – 10 unusual stepped circular pyramids up to 18 m...

Monte Albán

One of the earliest urban centers in Mesoamerica, center of Zapotec culture for nearly 1000 years. Founded sometimes around 500 BC and inhabited until...

Mitla

The most important religious center for the ancient Zapotec culture, developed in 900 BC - 1521 AD. Renowned due to elaborate mosaic fretwork adorning...