In 1519, when the first Spaniards marched into the city of Tenochtitlán, it was the heart of the Aztec Empire. Founded ... More
In 1519, when the first Spaniards marched into the city of Tenochtitlán, it was the heart of the Aztec Empire. Founded on a lake island in 1325, the city was the nerve center of political and economic control of an extensive area of Native America. More than 200,000 people lived in an urban area measuring almost 15 square kilometers, which included approximately 80 civil and religious buildings. The most important of these was the Templo Mayor, or Main Temple, on the crest of which were found two shrines; one dedicated to the god of war Huizilopochtli, and the other to the rain god Tláloc. Today, you can still see the temple's pyramidal base, enlarged seven times in 200 years. To one side of the site is the Casa de los Caballeros Aguila, House of the Men-Eagle, which once housed an ancient order of elite warriors. A museum, called Museo del Templo Mayor, dedicated to the temple was set up in 1987 to preserve and showcase the findings from archaeological sites of the shrine and around the main square. The 4-story building inside the complex was designed by Pedro Ramírez Vázque and comprises of artifacts such as the stone disk of Coyolxauhqui, urns, musical instruments and knives.
This is an amazing place to visit. Go through the entire site and take the time to read it is really interesting. Also be sure to go the museum. From the site of the Templo Mayor you can appreciate the culture of Mexico. It is amazing to see how one area gives you a look at 3 cultures the PreHispanic (Templo Mayor), Spanish (cathedral) and modern day (Latino Tower).
Awesome, it's a huge archaelogical site within the city !!! We spent more than 3 hours, most of the info signs are in english and spanish. Admission is less than US$5 (cheap!!). Be sure to wear a hat, and sun blocking lotion. Shorts are OK, even for ladies.
It was GREAT! the Ruins were awesome, and it was an overall great experience! If I could go again, I would right away! Absolulty beautiful, right smack dab in the middle of Mexico City, there couldn't be a better place!!!!!
This is an awesome experience and one you definately shouldn't miss if you're visiting the Zocalo.
Remember to bring a hat and sunscreen as alot of the museum is outside and it can get very hot in the middle of Mexico City. The museum which houses the artifacts found when the pyramids were discovered is beautiful. Very well laid out and easy to follow. Way cool wall of skulls!
The location of the Templo Mayor means that there's no excuse for missing it - right in the middle of town, near the Cathedral, the Govt. bldgs and the Zocalo. If you don't have time to travel to Teotihuacan, this will give you a small taste of a pyrimid ruin site. The tour is not long, but it amazing to see the ruins of such a prominent structure, with its many rebuilt walls, that was only excavated in the past few decades.
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