Mexico City Journals

Templo Mayor

A May 2004 trip to Mexico City by JesusW

Main Square or Plaza de la Constitución Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The Aztecs built a temple to honor Huitchilopochtli, the God of War; and also Tlaloc, the God of Rain. This is what remains.

Templo Mayor

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Main Square or Plaza de la Constitución Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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The Templo Mayor "Grand Temple or Major Temple" of the Aztecs was an incredible building, it was the central place of the city/island of Tenochtitlan. There are many accounts from the Spanish conquerors about it, and based on those descriptions—and a lot of archaeological research—it's possible today to have a vague idea of the splendor and magnificence of a place that was bigger and richer than the Emperor´s own palace. Just imagine that!What you will find at this archaeological site is the mere remains of the basement of such a wonder or the ancient world, the reason is that the Spanish conquerors decided to destroy every trace of the temple to force the indigenous population to forget about...Read More

Museo del Templo Mayor

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Attraction | "Museo del Templo Mayor- Building"

Museo del Templo Mayor Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Once you pass all the amazing labyrinth that is the basement of the pyramid, you arrive at the building constructed in order to protect all the treasures found during the excavation. Here you can rent a self-guide audio apparatus, you push a button and a voice in your language will explain the major aspects of the artifacts you will see in front of you (the main languages are available: English, French, German, Italian and I think Japanese but haven´t checked lately).In the ground level you will find a model of what the city used to be, that way you can have a vague idea of what the Spanish conquerors destroyed—some truly grandiose buildings and statues.

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Museo del Templo Mayor
Seminario 8
México, Mexico 06060
+52 5 5424784

Museo del Templo Mayor

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Attraction | "Museo del Templo Mayor - Outdoor area 1"

Museo del Templo Mayor Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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The exterior of the museum has lots of things to view, and you have yet to enter the building.The entrances bring you to the remains of the actual Templo Mayor (Mayor Temple) of the Aztecs, you will only find the "shells" of seven successive temples, and of those only the basements, except for temple two of which yon can see the top and its sculptures (the real ones).Many years ago, before the building of the museum there were some little ruins unearthed, but the reason to renovate the excavations was the digging of a trench for a new pipe for the power company, the worker that was digging found a carved stone in the hole he was making, he immediately realized the importance of his finding and the his...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

Museo del Templo Mayor
Seminario 8
México, Mexico 06060
+52 5 5424784