Monte Alban Complex
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Architect unknown
Location Monte Alban, Mexico
Date 100 to 800   timeline
Building Type civic complex, temple complex
 Construction System cut stone masonry
Style Zapotec - Pre-Columbian




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“Monte Albán, the great temple city of the Zapotecs, is ideally situated on a mountain-top in Oaxaca. To the people in the valley it must have seemed the city of the gods. Although the stuccoed and painted decoration has now disappeared from the stonework, the perfect proportions and symmetry of the complex, set on its terraces and platforms, establish it as an architectural masterpiece. The origins of Monte Albán are still shrouded in mystery. Certainly occupied from 500 BC to AD 1469, it presents a record of ever-changing cultures.”

— John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of The World. p34.

Sources on Monte Alban Complex

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. transition diagram, p207. — Updated edition available at

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of The World. New York: Random House, 1975. ISBN 0-394-49887-9. NA200.G76. discussion p34.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. color photo of exterior, p195.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre L'Architecture Universelle. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (suisse), 1977. site plan drawing, p418-9.  Find books about Monte Alban Complex


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