Piramides in Mexico

Tonight my thoughts have wandered to piramdes. You can tell by the spelling that they are not Egyptian pyramids.

On two of my visits to Mexico I have visited Teotihuacan where the great Mexican piramides are located.

Dominating the site is the Piramide del Sol.

Teotihuacan - Temple of the Sun - Mexican Piramides - Pyramids - Aztec - Mexico - Piramide del Sol

This piramide has a square base of 225 meters and a height of 65 meters.

I climbed to the top on my second trip, and it was a bit tough but rewarding.

At the top is a little silver spot that marks the center of the piramide. From there I had a great view

Teotihuacan - Temple of the Moon - Mexican Piramides - Pyramids - Aztec - Mexico - Piramide de la Luna

This is the Piramide de la Luna. This one is quite a bit smaller with a base that is 140m x 150m and a height of only 45.8 meters.

Here is the view from the first platform of the Piramide de la Luna.

Teotihuacan - Temple of the Moon - Mexican Piramides - Pyramids - Aztec - Mexico - Piramide de la Luna - Calzada de Los Muertos - Avenue of the Dead

Here we look down the principle avenue of the city of Teotihuacan. The avenue is known as Calzada de Los Muertos, or the Avenue of the Dead.

I also visited another piramide in Mexico.

Cuicuilico - Circular Pyramid - Round Pyramid - Equinox - Mesoamerican cultureCuicuilco is one of the oldest sites in the Valley of Mexico and was located on the southern shore of Lake Texcoco.

The highlight of Cuicuilco is a circular piramide. The ramp is aligned with the rising of the sun on the autumnal and vernal equinoxes.

Cuicuilco Pyramid - Round Pyramid - Top of pyramid - Worship place - fire godsFrom the top you could see some of the high rises on the south side of Mexico City. However, as close as it is to the city it is not visited much.

The site is of great archaeological importance, but because of the location it has been difficult to investigate fully.

Steven

For more about these two sites, follow these links:

The Piramides

Cuicuilco

 

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