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Teotihuacan

The mighty pyramids at Teotihuacan are one of the top tourist attractions not just around Mexico City, but in the whole country. Besides being Mexico’s largest and one of its best preserved archaeological sites, what really makes Teotihuacan magical is the fact that no-one really knows exactly who built it, making its translation “where men become gods” even more ethereal.

 

Even for the Aztecs, the site was an ancient, mystical place and it was they who named it. Everything that is known about the city today has been gleaned from analyzing the ruins themselves, as the original name and inhabitants are unknown. The site is dominated by the Pirámide del Sol and Pirámide de la Luna, which face each other at either end of the Calzada de los Muertos (Causeway of the Dead). Climbing to the top of either pyramid is calf-punishing but the views over the Ciudadela, Palacios de Quetzacoatl and los Jaguares will make you forget any aches and pains.

 

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Other places nearby Teotihuacan: Tepotzotlan, San Angel and Tula De Allende.







28 Apr 2009

Amazing Historical Sites in Teotihuacan

Piramide del Sol

Teotihuacan is dominated by the massive Pyramid of the Sun, a towering 70 meters (230 ft) high monster on the east side of the Calzada de los Muertos, near the Pyramid of the Moon. It’s Mexico’s ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Piramide de la Luna

Although smaller than the Pyramid of the Sun, this dedication to the Moon stands just as high thanks to its elevated position at the end of the causeway. The Plaza de la Luna in front of the pyramid ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

La Ciudadela

The giant sunken square of La Ciudadela “the Citadel” is the first thing you see as you come through the main entrance at Puerta 1. This was the city’s beating heart for administrative ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl

The prettily named Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl (Palace of the Quetzal Butterfly, pronounced Ketzal-papo-lotluh for those who want to practice their Nahuatl) can be found on the left hand side of the ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Palacio de los Jaguares

Half buried under the Palace of the Quetzal butterfly are the ruins of two older buildings, The Palacio de los Jaguares and the Templo de los Caracoles Emplumados. The Palace of the Jaguars has ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Frescoes at Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco

The residential neighborhoods of Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco were home to some of the finest mural work found on the archaeological site. Bits of the most famous example, the Paradise of Tlaloc, ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Calzada de los Muertos

The Causeway of the Dead is a long path linking a series of sunken plazas and staircases that run through the ancient city. It starts at the Ciudadela at the main entrance at Puerta 1, and stretches ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico
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