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Piramide de Tenayuca - Ruin Mexico City - Mexico

The Pir√°mide of Tenayuca was constructed around 1224 by the barbarian Chichimeca tribe. The Chichimecas had wandered down from northern Mexico, wiped out the Toltecs in the city of Tula, and continued south to create their own capital in Tenayuca. They lived in splendor before the Aztec empire reached out its long tentacles. When the Aztecs took over the area around 1432, most of the existing temples were reconstructed in the new style. The city was still occupied when the Spanish arrived. After several battles between Spanish conquistadors and Aztec warriors, the city was deserted and the location eventually forgotten until archeologists rediscovered it in the early 20th century.

Tenayuca is where the Aztecs developed their design for the ‚Äúdouble pyramid‚ÄĚ- joined bases supporting two temples. The surviving pyramid is the earliest known example of this style and still has a well preserved row of rattlesnake sculptures curled around its base. As tribes conquered the area, the pyramid was rebuilt seven times and now stands at around 20 metres tall. Even so, it is a diminutive version of the former temples at Tenochtitl√°n and Tlatelolco that were destroyed by the Spanish.

Zona Archeólogica de Tenayuca, Tlanepantla de Baz, Estado de México
North Of The Center, Mexico City, Mexico

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Getting There
‚ÄúRuta 88‚ÄĚ buses leave from outside Metro La Raza (Line 3 or 5), although check with the drivers to make sure that the bus stops at the pyramid. Otherwise get a ‚ÄúTenayuca‚ÄĚ pesero up L√°zaro C√°rdenas, north of Bellas Artes.

Price Description: $3

Open Hours from:10 a.m.

Open Hours to:5 p.m.

Days Closed:Monday

Travel Skills: None

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03 Jan 2009

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