In ancient times an important Zapotec ceremonial center, Mitla was the home of Zapotec priestly class. It was inhabited from around 100 AD to it’s peak around 750 AD. The ancient city was probably planned and is known for the artistic quality of construction and the beauty of the intricate patterns and designs of some facades and tombs.
To date, five large architectural complexes have been found. The main church of the small town was actually built by the Spaniards on some of the ruins. Archaeologists are able to find remains of the ancient city almost anywhere they dig in the immediate area.
There is a hacienda style museum and a handicrafts center adjacent to to ruins. Mitla is located 30 miles east of Oaxaca city; the ruins are open daily from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.