on May 9, 2006
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 history changed since then. What he found was the Coyoxahuqui, a huge carved stone representing the sister of a deity that fell from the grace Huitchilopoztli and was sacrificed.The stone stood at the corner of the temple and now is the main attraction of the museum. In the original place you will find a replica in order to protect the original inside the museum.You will pass between the decoration of the last stage (the one the Spanish found) which include serpent heads and eagles mainly, as the guardians of the temple were the Eagle Warriors, they had their ward house at the base of the pyramid.Also along your tour, you will find some temples, one of them the Red Temple and also a wall full of skulls, the Tzompantli. The skulls are carved out of rock, but in the time of the Aztecs they had a similar display but with real skull taken from their captives in war.
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