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The alebrije (ali-bre-haze) name is often used in reference to the fanciful woodcarvings created by artists in Oaxaca, Mexico. These popular folk art wood sculptures are also known as animalitos, monos, or simply figuras. While most share the bright colors and fanciful subjects popularized by Linares work, individual artists generally have very distinctive carving and painting styles.
Arbol del Tule
El Arbol del Tule (Spanish for "the Tule Tree") is a very large tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa Maria del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, approximately 13 km from the city of Oaxaca on the road to Mitla. The tree is 43 meters (135 feet) in height, , has a circumference of 35.87 meters (139 feet), and has the largest diameter of any tree in the world at 11.42 meters.
Basilica de la Soledad
Black Clay of San Bartolo Coyotepec
Black Clay, or "Barro Negro" is a traditional technique used in Oaxaca, Mexico for the production of pottery. Black clay pottery is distinguished by its black-silvery appearance and its crystal-like sound. Oaxacan black clay pottery is a traditional, indigenous, Zapotec art form principally practiced in Coyotepec, a village about twelve kilometers southeast of the town of Oaxaca.
Hierve el Agua
is set of natural rock formations in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, that look like waterfalls. The site is located about 30 kilometers east of Mitla, Oaxaca. Relatively small amounts of water which, despite the name, is not hot (25°C) bubble up from four springs and, running over the cliffs, evaporate. The formations are very high, some of them 50 meters. The area is also of archeological interest because of the extensive system of irrigation and terraces built by the Zapotecs.
La Catedral de Oaxaca
Mitla is a town in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, famous for its pre-Columbian Mesoamerican buildings. While archaeological evidence shows that Mitla was occupied by 500 BC, the earliest construction dates to only about 200 AD. Construction of pre-Columbian style buildings continued up until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the 1520s. The town has been continually occupied ever since.
Being visible from anywhere in the central part of the Valley of Oaxaca, the impressive ruins of Monte Alban ("mohn-teh ahl-bahn") . The name "Monte Alban" means "White Mountain" in the Spanish language; the Zapotec name was Danipaguache, meaning "Sacred Mountain". The Aztecs knew it as Ocelotepec, or "Jaguar Mountain". The monumental center of Monte Alban is the Gran Plaza or Great Plaza.
Santo Domingo de Guzman
The Church and former monastery of Santo Domingo de GuzmÃ¡n is the most important of the numerous baroque ecclesiastical buildings in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. The complex of buildings includes a substantial sanctuary and an extensive system of courtyards, cloisters and rooms that formerly constituted the monastery but now house the Cultural Centre of Oaxaca. This museum includes an important collection of pre-Columban artefacts.
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