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.
Hernán Cortes, the conqueror of Mexico, built this government palace on the site of Moctezuma's residence. The National Palace (Palacio
Nacional) that we see today dates back to 1693, although a floor was added in the 1920s. Inside there ...
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe is famous for the fact that a man named Juan Diego claimed to have
had a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1531. The image of the Virgin can be found at the ...
Opened in 1968, the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) is one of the best of its kind.
A gigantic statue of the water god Tláloc, weighing approximately 200 tons, is poised near the entrance. Archaeological finds ...
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