Templo Mayor, Mexico City
Magnificent museum that forms part of the Temp Mayar ruins (joint entry ticket). Extremely well laid out and educational in understanding the different aspects of ancient 'Mexican/Central American' people.
Extensive (if a little un-preposessing) Mayan ruins in the very centre of the city sligtly to one side of the Zocalo. Dull in comparison to many other of the Mexican ruins, but certainly worth checking out if you are in the city.
The snake was an in important symbol in this temple. In fact there are two snake heads, which seem to protect the main stairs. This proves that this temple was built as a symbolic recreation of Coatepec (the snake hill), which is a holy place in the Aztec mythology.
Templo Mayor is the place of the Aztec Teocalli (Holy City) which was the heart of their capital, Tenochtitlan.
This complex was completely destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadores after their conquest of this city.
I had no time to visit this temple, but from the market square next to the Cathedral, you have a great view over these ruins. On Sunday there is no entrance fee, and that is for all the archeological sites in Mexico.
In the middle of downtown, you find an Aztec archaeological zone, called “Temple Mayor”. It is really worth a visit, the archaeological zone as well as the museum what is in fact one complex. I only have some pictures of the archaeological zone. In the museum, it is not permit to take any kind of pictures. In addition, there I am not an archaeologist, and they do not sell any kind of guidebooks or even brochures I cannot tell you much about this place. It is a frequent problem in Mexico that they do not have good information or doing something to stimulate their tourism, even it is a cultural country. The best way to go there is via Constitution Square, then left between the Cathedral and the National Palace. About 100 meters straight ahead and you see it on the right. The only pictures I have you can find in the “Temple Mayor travelogue”, and will try as good as I can give some more information.
You must visit, the 'Templo Mayor' excavation area, where some of the pyramids and temples have been unearthed, and now can be admired in all its past glory.
It shows the beguinnings of this Metropolis, and gives you a sense of its history and past.
In the center of the city, near the Zócalo, there are ruins of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán. Hernán Cortés, upon conquering the Aztecs, had the Aztec temples razed and built Mexico City on top of the ruins. Today some of the ruins have been unearthed. There is a museum, and there are trails through the ruins outdoors.
Next to the Templo Mayor and included in the admission price is this museum that preserves the greatest Aztec (or Mexica in Spanish) artifacts from Mexico City.
Just off Zocalo are the excavated remains of the main temple of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The ruins show how the temple was succesively rebuilt on top of itself making it larger everytime.
WOW, it's a huge archeological build in the middle of the city. We were able to walk through the excavation, and watch the workers very carefully sifting through the remains. Awesome site.
This is a shot of the Templo Mayor ruins at Zocalo. You can pay a fee and walk down through the ruins for a closer look.