Talud-tablero architectural style in Moscow
Lenin's Mausoleum also known as Lenin's Tomb, situated in Red Square in the center of Moscow, is the mausoleum that serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin.
It is known that Aleksey Shchusev's diminutive but monumental granite structure incorporates some elements from ancient mausoleums, such as the Step Pyramid and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great.
But in my opinion it resembles Mexican Talud-tablero architectural style of the Platforms along the Avenue of the Dead.
- Historical Travel
There are some other places you can see during your visit to Teotihuacán, they are not as important or spectacular as the pyramids or the temples, and so they often are unnoticed.
The death avenue was the most important way of comunication inside the city and with other towns, it was really long and it get all the way into the mountains, from here Teotihuacán could easily control the comercial transcations inside the valley and with other regions and so it helped a lot for the city to biuld it's power. Today it remains the only way of moving inside the archeological zone. The name was given by the aztecs who thought the small pyramids beside the road were tombs, they where actually small temples and so far there has not been any burial found in the avenue, the avenue is divided in several small squares that probably were places in wich religious rites tooked place.
Near the citadel yo'll see a stream called "San Juan" though nowadays it is almost dry it used to be an important river that, alongside the springs located at the actual town of San Juan Teotihuacán and the know dissapeared Texcoco Lake supported the city agriculture, unfortunately both the rich hidrologic resources and the forests that used to surround the city have been destroyed by modern human beings and altough you can see empty hills near the city no one has bothered to reforest them, the river stands as a proof of the damage we have done to the local enviroment.
Following the avenue you'll find the superimposed buildings, teotihuacans used to build new buildings over the old ones instead of demolishing them and this is the best place to appreciate this.
Keep walking towards the pyramids and after two sections you will see some other buildings to your right called the Vicking Group.
Almost geting to the sun pyramid you may see the priest house, but is easier to see it from the top of the pyramid.
In front of the sun pyramid, to the left side of the sun square you'll see the sun palace, on the same place but on the left side of tha avenue there is "the patio of the four small temples" (Patio de los 4 templitos).
On the way to the moon pyramid you'll see the puma mural, the only mural you'll see in the zone that remains over a wall to show how once all the city looked like, the rest of the murals have been lost, remain covered for their conservation or have been taken to museums.
Finally the agriculture temple, wich is almost entering the moon square.
A restuarant in a cave
La Gruta, An old established restuarant in a cave. A memorable experience and a rip off.
It was unuique, as I have never eaten in a cave before but they are not on my list of places to return to. We were serenaded by a couple of charming gentlemen on guitar and a harp, very nice and they earned the tip (propina) However the rest of out visit was not so nice. The food was very pretty but not very tasty. The margarita was good but it turned to be almost double the price that was in the menu. Something about a premium alcohol choice, but that was not in the menu. My wife and step daughter are vegaterians so they had soup and salad and I had a chicken dish. That and one chocolate desert was 759 pesos. Our waiter was new so I have to give a little grace about the service, but he did have another waiter looking after him. When we paid and started to leave, the other waiter had the nerve to suggest that we had not left enough tip. I generaly leave what I feel they earned, and this time they didnt earn it. I am not a snob, nor do I eat at five star restuarants all the time. But for the price, I expected much more.
Beatriz de la Fuente museum **
I visited this new museum the last time I was in Teotihuacán.
Located outside the archeological zone it was opened to show the diversity of all the mural paintings found here, most of them have just been found so they keep bright colours making them more spectacular.
Along with the paintings you will also find some pottery and a reproduction of a teotihuacan temple as it would have been when the city was unhabited.
There is also a reproduction of the "Tlalocan" mural , the most important in teotihuacán, it`s a good chance to know it if you can`t see the original.
We had a guide for my school group, i suppose you can ask for one , they are a great ad to learn more about teotihuacán and to understand better the meaning of the paintings.
The museum has just been remodeled and it was given a new name, Beatriz de la Fuente after a very important arqueologist that dedicated her life to study Teotihuacán
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
One last look...
While your group is straggling back to your tour-van after lunching on meat and cerveza (!) take a look across the parking lot and the fields beyond. The Pyramid of the Sun still looks mammoth even from this distance!
Another deja vu!
I saw this technique in both Manaus and Sao Paulo, the fine art of setting the tops of walls with broken glass and other seriously sharp and jagged objects. This is supposed to keep the burglars away from your home and possessions. If anyone's stupid enough to attempt to scale this barrier, good night, wouldn't that likely be the last mistake they ever made? :-O
Explore your surroundings
When you're finished with your lunch and, oh I don't know, the OTHER half of your tour group is back inside prolonging its siesta another 15 minutes or so, use this time to wander around the restaurant parking lot and the street behind it. Look! People live here. So do dogs, what do you know?