2017, Mexico, November, travel, Uncategorized

TEMPLO MAYOR

Templo Mayor, Mexico City, Mexico

The Templo Mayor (Spanish for “Main Temple”) was one of the main temples of the Aztecs in the then city of Tenochtitlan which is now Mexico City. The temple is dedicated to two gods, Huitzilopochtli, god of war, and Tlaloc, god of rain. Each of which had a shrine at the top of the pyramid. Rain god on the left, war god on the right. The temple was originally constructed in 1325 AD. Each time an Aztec emperor died, they constructed a new outer layer. The pyramid was rebuilt six times after the original layer, 7 emperors, 7 layers. The temple was destroyed by the Spanish in 1521 to construct the cathedral from the materials. Originally it was thought the cathedral was built over the top of the temple. The temple was discovered on the right-hand side of the cathedral, in 1978 by accident. Workers for the electric company were digging when the diggers struck a pre-hispanic monolith stone, although oddly earlier than this period a sewage pipe was run straight through the centre of the temple, how or why the temple was missed then, nobody knows. The temple is gradually rising due to an underground river. The temple currently is higher than the surrounding pavement and roads. It’s believed the temple spreads out under many of the surrounding buildings.  The attached un-edited video and photographs are from my visit…

 

 

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