on May 8, 2006
In the side of the pyramid of the Moon you will find a small area, you have to climb some steps to get into the Temple of Butterflies "Quetzalpapalotl"—named because of the decoration carved in the columns and patio.Everything here is original, walls, columns, paint and even the stucco floor, so they ask you not to use high heels out of the wood walkways. The stucco is dyed red, and just looks like it was plastered last year—it´s in such good conditions it would be a shame if you damage it.The columns have carved pictures of butterflies and birds, some of them still have the eyes made of obsidian—a local precious stone that is black-grey and shines in the same way a hologram viewed from different angles. After you finish visiting the patio, don´t go back to the pyramids or Deads Row. Instead, go down to your right and enter the subterranean passages where you will find the real housing complex and some excellent murals.The mural depict everything from animals (a parrot is easy to spot), to flowers, and complex geometrical shapes. All the city was decorated with colorful murals. It is a shame that we always think about ruins as just stones piles together... these weren´t.
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