Monte Albán: North Platform--page 12 (of fifteen pages)

500-800 CE

See map.


Distant views from the southwest

Closing off the north end of the Grand Plaza, the North Platform is a more imposing and complex structure than the South Platform. Many structures and patios with a complicated imterconnecting access occupy this acropolis. It was remodelled over the centuries to respond to differing needs.
The remains of two rows of six columns (presumably supporting a portico) are at the top of the grand stairway and a number of structures, many of Mixtec origins, occupy this high platform. (I did not make the ascent on my visit but will do so when I return. Thus the images are only of views from below.)

Views from the southeast


Views of the east side of the North Platform


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Works consulted or quoted:
Andrew Coe. Archaeological Mexico. Emeryville, CA: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2001.
Michael D. Coe and Rex Koontz. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. Fifth Edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
Nelly M. Robles Garcia. Monte Albán: History, Art, Monuments. Mexico: Monclem Ediciones, 2004. [official guide]
INAH. Signage at the site.
Mary Ellen Miller. The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec. Third Edition. London: Thames and Hudson, 2001.

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