Great Temple Ruins and Museum - Mexico City (17/17)

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Mexico City – The Templo Mayor, or "Great Temple," is located in the heart of Mexico City. Ancient greatness, unfinished history, and contemporary archeology converge in a city that blends the past and present in a never-ending journey of discovery and awe. The Great Temple was the religious hub of the Mexica people (better known as Aztecs). It was built within a “sacred precinct,” in an unclosed area surrounding the temple. The ruins of the temple were discovered and began to be unearthed about three decades ago, after electric company workers accidentally found, in 1978, a big carved monolith beneath the street level. This surprising discovery triggered the excavation of full city block to which led to the amazing discovery of the Templo Mayor. The discoveries turned the area into an ongoing archaeological site where a museum was later built. Most recently, another monolith was found in a lot adjacent to the temple. The monolith discovered in October 2006 is now in display in the museum and it was determined to be a representation of Tlaltecuhtli, the Earth goddess in Aztec religion. Photo by Eduardo Barraza © 2011
Mexico City – The Templo Mayor, or "Great Temple," is located in the heart of Mexico City. Ancient greatness, unfinished history, and contemporary archeology converge in a city that blends the past and present in a never-ending journey of discovery and awe. The Great Temple was the religious hub of the Mexica people (better known as Aztecs). It was built within a “sacred precinct,” in an unclosed area surrounding the temple. The ruins of the temple were discovered...
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