Teotihuacan Pyramids

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   The holy city of Teotihuacan ('the place where the gods were created') is about 50 km northeast of Mexico City.  Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. As one of the most powerful cultural centers in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region, and even beyond. 

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UNESCO World Heritage site

Official INAH Website - good photos but loads slowly

Arizona State University - good archaeology

Planetware - site description and info

   
 
Aerial view Moon Pyramid Quetzal Butterfly Palace Sun Pyramid Ciudadela Site map
Aerial view
(from Google Earth)
Map of the Teotihuacan site
 
   

   Pyramid of the Sun

   The Sun Pyramid is approximately 740 ft per side at the base, and about 213 ft high.  It was the largest stone pyramid in pre-Columbian America.  The pyramid is on the east side of the Avenue of the Dead in the northern half of the city.  The pyramid originally consisted of four stepped platforms, a surmounting temple, and a platform, which was built over what was originally the principal facade of the pyramid.  No information about the temple itself is available, since, along with the upper-most portion of the pyramid, it has been completely destroyed.  It’s a monstrous sized “building”, with huge, steep steps to the top.

   
 
Sun Pyramid Chris
Pyramid of the Sun
(note all the vendor's stalls along the entrance, left)
Sun Pyramid
 
   

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