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Monte Albán was the capital city of the Zapotec .
name of Monte Albán, has not yet been defined.
Zapotec descendants claim
that the hill used to be known as Dhauya quch or
'Hill of the Precious Stones'. On the other hand,
Mixtecos named it
Yucucui 'Green Hill'
place has been known as Monte Albán since
the seventeenth century, because at that time,
this land belonged to a Spanish Lord
named Monte Albán or Montalban.
.. Mitla was the second
most important ceremonial centre after Monte Albán.
The word Mitla or 'Mictlan'
comes from Náhuatl
, which means 'World of the Dead' or
it is called 'Lyobaa ', which means 'Burial
Aztecs named it
'Mitlan' (World of the Dead) until it finally
evolved to the Spanish version: Mitla.