Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (1987)

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Mexico 1923. Pyramid of the Sun. 

Mexico 1954. Aztec Messenger of the Sun.

The holy city of Teotihuacan ('the place where the gods were created') is situated some 50 km north-east of Mexico City. 

Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. As one of the most powerful cultural centres in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region, and even beyond. 

Teotihuacán, Mexican archaeological site about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Mexico City, that contains the remains of the largest pre-Columbian city in the western hemisphere. The great civilization of Teotihuacán is considered to have begun around 200 bc. It developed into an important city in the 1st century ad and flourished until about ad 650. At its greatest extent it covered about 21 sq km (about 8 sq mi) and had a population of as many as 200,000. 

Its noteworthy monuments include the Pyramid of the Sun --one of the largest structures ever built by Native Americans -- the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Avenue of the Dead, which is a broad thoroughfare flanked by ruins of temples. 

The people of Teotihuacán had close contacts with the contemporary Maya culture of the Yucatán and Guatemala, and their civilization had an important influence on later Mexican peoples such as the Aztecs. 

  • Panama 1968. Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. Scan by courtesy of Mr. Miomir Zivkovic, Serbia & Montenegro). 

Panama 1968. Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

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