Although much of the buildings of this once great city were reused to build colonial buildings-- e.g., the church-- it is worth going on a tour of this town east of Oaxaca. The walls of the Mitla buildings display intricate stone designs of finely carved volcanic rock. The original buildings had no mortar but were closely carved and fitted to produce walls that have withstood earthquakes of the past 5 centuries. Unfortunately most of the tours stop and spend a lot of tour time at mescal factories and textile weavers so that one only has 45 minutes to take in the ancient buildings at Mitla. One can take a bus or collectivo from Oaxaca (the baseball park) directly to Mitla if one wants to spend the whole day is the "ruins" and the quaint town that surrounds them.
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