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Templo Mayor, A Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

The history behind Mexico City is pretty cool if you ask me. It starts in 1325 with the Aztecs. They built the city of Tenochtitlan on an island in Lake Texcoco. Fast forward to 1585 where history tells us that Tenochtitlan officially became known as Mexico City. What I find interesting about this is that underneath modern-day Mexico City lies an ancient civilization in the form of amazing archeological sites like Templo Mayor.

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Even today, additional archeological sites are being discovered inside Mexico City. In this way, the Aztecs and their city of Tenochtitlan are still with us and we continue to learn about their people and culture. Templo Mayor is a perfect example of this. Be sure to visit this site when you visit Mexico City!

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Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City
It was a dark, rainy, dreary day when we visited Templo Mayor. I apologize for the subsequent dark, rainy, and dreary photos!

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City
I love how these photos show the “old” and the “not as old”. It’s like looking at two different worlds at the same time :-)

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City
It is said that the Cathedral was built using some of the rocks from the earlier churches buried underneath it.

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

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Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City
The detail in these banquettes is quite impressive and I can only imagine how vivid the colors were hundreds of years ago.

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City
Layer upon layers of stone. Because Mexico City was built upon an island in a lake it continues to sink and has a problem with flooding. You can see how even in times past they continued to build up.

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City

Templo Mayor - Visit a Famous Archeological Site in The Middle of Mexico City
And we will conclude this post with another creepy photo of this skull alter, just cause I am weird like that :-)

Have a great day wherever you are in the world! Signing off, Tina

Originally published April 15, 2019

 

Underneath modern-day Mexico City lies an ancient civilization in the form of amazing archeological sites like Templo Mayor. Be sure to visit!

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