Teotihuacán, a pre-Hispanic city in Mexico

The ruins of the city of Teotihuacán are very close to Mexico City. No more than 50 kilometers separate this huge city with one of the most mysterious places of pre-Columbian culture . The city was once one of the most important in the country and it is said that it had up to 150,000 inhabitants.

Today it is a stronghold of ancient Mexican culture, located at more than 2,300 meters of altitude and surrounded by mountains of great beauty. Knowing this incredible place, a World Heritage Site since 1987, is one of the essential things if you are going to visit Mexico.

Colossal pyramids

The great Pyramid of the Sun , built in the 3rd century AD, is one of the largest in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Its base measures no less than 225 x 222 meters, and reaches 63 meters in height. There is a popular legend that says that if you stand at the top of the pyramid, in the center of the platform, and make a wish, it will come true. It is a place where you can breathe positive energy , which has given rise to many traditions and superstitions.

The other building that arouses interest in Teotihuacan is the Pyramid of the Moon , from the 2nd century AD, which is located north of the city. Staggered in five terraces, on a base of 150 x 120 meters, it is 42 meters high.

A big city

On the other side of the Avenue of the Dead, located perpendicular to the Pyramid of the Sun, is the Citadel complex, with the Quetzalcóalt temple (from the 3rd century AD). Its decoration is very rich. The figures represented in the bas-reliefs and the friezes that alternate the heads of feathered serpents, masks and seashells stand out, above all.

All the buildings of the pre-Columbian city were built with volcanic stone and decorated with stucco. When the Aztecs discovered its ruins in the 14th century, they thought it was the work of the gods and gave it the name Teotihuacán: the "place where the gods are created."