Teotihuacán, a pre-Hispanic city in Mexico

The ruins from Teotihuacán city are very close to Mexico City. No more than 50 kilometers separate this huge city with one of the most mysterious places in the pre-columbian culture. The city was once one of the most important in the country and it is said that it had up to 150,000 inhabitants.

Today it is a redoubt of ancient Mexican culture, located at more than 2,300 meters of altitude and surrounded by mountains of great beauty. Know this incredible place, World Heritage since 1987, it is one of the essential things if you are going to visit Mexico.

Colossal pyramids

The great Pyramid of the SunBuilt in the 3rd century AD, it is one of the largest in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Its base measures no less than 225 x 222 meters, and reaches 63 meters in height. There is a popular legend which says that if you stand at the top of the pyramid, in the center of the platform, and make a wish, it will come true. It is a place where you breathe positive energy, which has sparked numerous traditions and superstitions.

The other building that arouses interest in Teotihuacan is the Pyramid of the Moon, from the 2nd century AD, which is located to the north of the city. Staggered on five terraces, on a 150 x 120 meter base, it is 42 meters high.

A big city

Across the Avenue of the Dead, located perpendicular to the Pyramid of the Sun, is the complex of the Citadel, with the tempo Quetzalcoalt (3rd century AD). Its decoration is delicious. Above all, the figures represented in the bas-reliefs and the friezes that alternate the heads of feathered serpents, masks and seashells stand out.

All the buildings of the pre-Columbian city were built with volcanic stone and decorated with stuccos. When the Aztecs discovered its ruins in the 14th century, they thought it was work of the gods and they gave it the name of Teotihuacán: the "place where the gods are created".

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