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Templo Mayor, Mexico City, Mexico

 
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Distance from city center: 8.7mi
blackangel_66's pictureby blackangel_66 History & Culture travel tip
added on the 9th of December, 2009
Templo Mayor is an Aztec temple built in the 14th century for the worship of the Aztec god of war and that of the water. It was discovered in the late 1970s in the heart of Mexico City.

The temple once was a huge pyramid. On the top of it was the big altar where human sacrifices were offered to the gods. They were stabbed and thrown down the stairs.

There is also a site museum with the things found in the ruins. One of them is really freaky, the wall of skulls is a wall (or a part of a wall) created of seven visible rows of human skulls covered with stucco. There is also a stone eagle where the hearts of the sacrificed people were put.

You can also see a model of the looks of the original pyramid. It was really something to build that 600 years ago!

Address:
Templo Mayor, Centro, Mexico City, D.f., Mexico

Price:
$4 (for the museum and the ruins together) - free on Sundays
$3,50 for camera usage (just in case)

Opening Hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5:50pm.

 
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