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    Pyramid of the Moon

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 22, 2013

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    Impressive but the smaller of the 2 major pyramids at Teotihuacan. This one is harder to climb however due to taller and steeper stairs. Climbing it is well worth the effort as it affords great views over the site.

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    Pyramid of the Sun

    by leigh767 Updated Sep 26, 2012

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    This is the world's third largest pyramid. To climb to the top would involve a 124 m ascend. ropes along the stairs make this easier. When you reach the top, be sure to go to middle of the pyramid and look for a shiny white disc which denotes the center of the pyramid. Legend has it that by rubbing this disc, your wishes will come true. Good luck!

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    Restored portion of Teotihucan

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 28, 2012

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    You can see some restored artifacts from Teotihuacan in the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) in Mexico City.

    Restored portion of Teotihucan architecture showing the typical Mesoamerican use of red paint complemented on gold and jade decoration upon marble and granite.

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    Teotihuacan Archaeological Site

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    Opening Days & Times:
    Tuesday-Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
    I don’t know how much did it cost because I was with a tourist group and this excursion was included in my tour around Mexico. I couldn’t find the price even in the official site. Don’t think it is expensive.
    But I’ve found that modest admission charges apply and there are concessions for students, children and seniors.
    On Sundays, admission is free for Mexican citizens and foreign residents (with proof of residency).

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    Quetzalpapalotl Palace

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    Quetzalpapalotl Palace

    Farther north along the Avenue of the Dead, on the left hand side just before arriving at the Pyramid of the Moon, you will find the entrance to the Quetzalpapalotl Palace.
    It's possible this was the residence of Teotihuacan's ruler: other living spaces are less ornate and generally divided into smaller areas.

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    Citadel and Temple of Quetzalcoatl

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 28, 2012

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    Citadel and Temple of Quetzalcoatl

    The Citadel situated further down the Avenue of the Dead. The area contains the ruined Temple of the Feathered Serpent or the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. This area was a large plaza surrounded by temples that formed the religious and political center of the city.

    The name "Citadel" was given to it by the Spanish, who believed it was a fort. Most of the common people lived in large apartment buildings spread across the city. Many of the buildings contained workshops where artisans produced pottery and other goods.

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    Plaza of the Moon

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The Plaza of the Moon is located opposite the Great Goddess's altar. The Plaza contains a central altar and an original construction with internal divisions, consisting of four rectangular and diagonal bodies that formed what is known as the "Teotihuacan Cross."

    Recently, archaeologists have excavated beneath the Pyramid of the Moon. The archaeologists are looking for clues to the history of this mysterious culture. Tunnels dug into the structure have revealed that the pyramid underwent at least six renovations; each new addition was larger and covered the previous structure.

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    Pyramid of the Moon

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest pyramid in Teotihuacan after the Pyramid of the Sun. It is located in the western part of Teotihuacan and mimics the contours of the mountain Cerro Gordo, just north of the site.
    Its another name is Tenan, which in Nahuatl, means "mother or protective stone."

    A slope in front of the staircase gives access to the Avenue of the Dead, a platform atop the pyramid was used to conduct ceremonies in honor of the Great Goddess of Teotihuacan, the goddess of water, fertility, the earth, and even creation itself. This platform and the sculpture found at the pyramid's bottom are thus dedicated to The Great Goddess.

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    Platforms along the Avenue of the Dead

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The site's broad central avenue, called "Avenue of the Dead" (a translation from its Nahuatl name Miccoatli), is flanked by impressive ceremonial architecture, including the immense Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Along the Avenue of the Dead are many smaller talud-tablero platforms. The Aztecs believed they were tombs, inspiring the name of the avenue.

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    Pyramid of the Sun

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacán and one of the largest in Mesoamerica and in the World. It is located at the Avenue of the Dead, between the Pyramid of the Moon and the Ciudadela.

    The name Pyramid of the Sun comes from the Aztecs, who visited the city of Teotihuacán centuries after it was abandoned; the name given to the pyramid by the Teotihuacanos is unknown.

    During Aztec times, the city was a place of pilgrimage, the place where the sun was created. Teotihuacan astonished the Spanish conquistadores during the post-conquest era.
    Today Teotihuacan and its Pyramid of the Sun is one of the most noted archaeological attractions in the World.

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    Avenue of the Dead

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The Avenue of the Dead (Calzada de los Muertos) is the main axis of Teotihuacan.
    It stretches to the north from the Citadel all the way to the Pyramide of the Moon. On the left you’ll see the "Edificios Superpuestos" (superimposed buildings) where excavations have unearthed living quarters below the present level, which were filled in with rubble in order to build the second stage.

    Rather than being directed exactly north-south, the Avenue of the Dead is aligned to 16º north-west. This was apparently done purposefully to come into alignment with the setting sun on a certain date.

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    Cerro Gordo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    Teotihuacan is located in the shadow of the massive mountain Cerro Gordo in the Basin of Mexico. Cerro Gordo means "Fat Hill" in Spanish. It is north to Teotihuacan close to the Pyramid of the Moon.
    While the Avenue of the Dead and the Pyramid of the Moon are located at height about 2310m Cerro Gordo has height 3058m (more than 740 m higher).
    I would like to climb at the top of this mountain to take a shot of Teotihuacan from above.
    May be in my next life...

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    The Sun Pyramid

    by pencho15 Updated Sep 6, 2010

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    This is definitely the most important and spectacular building in Teotihuacán archeological zone.
    The pyramid we can see today was the third to be built on this place, the previous two have know dissapeared
    The way to the top of the 63 meters pyramid is really tiring, but the views from the top are worth the effort. If you don`t feel like walking to the top all at once you can rest on your way up as the pyramid has four floors, just get away from the stairs so you don`t block other people's way.
    As I said before the views from the top are breathtaking, there used to be a temple here, but it was destroyed by a bishop in XVI century.
    This is a place you can't miss and by the way, the name was given by the aztecs and the pyramid have nothing to do with the sun, it is believed it was for Tlaloc, that it had an artificial river surrounding it and that it used to have a lot of colour and decorations, that must have been a nice thing to view.

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    Teotihuacán site museum

    by pencho15 Updated Aug 5, 2009

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    A Quetzalcoatl head in the museum

    In this museum opened in 1994 you can see some of the most important pieces found in the archeological zone, mainly pottery and obsidian pieces, there are also some ritual burials, murals and some statues.
    The museum is a good chance to know teotihuacán art, it is a small museum, but it shows a good choice of different findings in Teotihuacán that will help you to know this civilization better and to know another part of them beside their fantastic pyramids.
    The entrance is included with the ticket to the archeological zone so you won`t have to pay anything more; photos are allowed, but no flashes

    Near the museum there is a small botanical garden showing local plants, some shops and rest rooms.

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    The jaguars palace and the plumed shells temple

    by pencho15 Updated Aug 5, 2009

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    This two temples are the oldest known in the city, both of them were built during the early years of teotihuacán, and after some time they became unused and were buried under a lot of rocks and mud in order to build Quetzalpapalotl temple over them.
    They were found by archeologists and they uncovered everything they could without damaging Quetzalpapalotl temple.
    Both names were given after the mural paintings on their walls, wich are very well preserved and are the main attraction here.

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