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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Sitegreaves Pass

Sitegreaves Pass to Oatman Arizona. Oatman is a town in the black mountains of Mohave County Arizona. Sorry about the dirty car windscreen, but if you think that’s dirty you should see the front of the car after 2,500 miles. 😉 I speeded up the footage x2, Honestly, I didn’t really drive at that speed. HaHa. You should see it at x4. It was Sunday so all the tourists were out at Oatman if I’d arrived today, Monday it would have been empty.

 

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Route 66, Chicago to Springfield Missouri

Some of the photographs from the start of my route 66 journeys from Chicago to Springfield Missouri. The start of route 66 kicks off in downtown Chicago on Adams St just west of Michigan Ave. Before you snap the obligatory photo with the “Route 66 Begin” sign. The first stop rises from the cornfields 60 miles south of Chicago, in a town called Wilmington. Here the Gemini Giant fiberglass spaceman – stands guard outside the launching pad drive-in. The route winds itself around the main interstate I-55. Parts of the road no longer exist come to a dead-end in places because a bridge is no longer passable etc. I’ve often found the best way to navigate the route is to ignore the sat nav and just follow the historic route 66 brown signs. I cannot convey how beautiful and scenic the places and country side I have driven through. In some towns, I’ve driven through, I’ve turned around and driven back just so I can drive-through again. Whilst in Springfield I visited the Lincoln Monument where President Lincoln’s tomb remains. It’s hard to describe, but it was incredibly moving to visit this place. It was a huge cemetery and was absolutely pristinely maintained.

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