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Aztec Ruins

The Aztec culture was one of the most important pre Columbian cultures that developed in the American territory and although its history dates from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, the time they were conquered by Hernan Cortez, they have made what we now know as Mexico a large sample of their power through archaeological remains that millions of tourists visit annually.

Portion of Aztec Ruins

Portion of Aztec Ruins

Aztec Ruins

Aztec Ruins

Among the most important Aztec ruins found are the ruins of Tenochtitlan. Tenochtitlan Ruins were discovered in early 1978 by a group of workers of the company in light of Mexico without them knowing that what they had found would be considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of Mesoamerica. They first found the remains of a sculpture dedicated to Coyolxauhqui and then the ruins of the great temple of Tenochtitlan which today we know was destroyed by Hernan Cortez in 1521 to take the city.

Part of Aztec ruins

Part of Aztec ruins

Aztec Ruins Kiva

Aztec Ruins Kiva

Currently what you can visit from the ruins of Tenochtitlan are the remains of the Temple and the monumental sculptures of Tenochtitlan. The Temple is considered as one of the most important archaeological revelations of Mexico and the monumental sculptures are made of gods full of claws, fangs, adorned with rattlesnakes and you can even see sculptures of decapitated goddesses. It is considered that the sculptures were guardians of the Temple of Tenochtitlan and other than serving as protectors had strong religious significance.

Tenochtitlan Ruins

Tenochtitlan Ruins

Miniature Tenochtitlan

Miniature Tenochtitlan

Within research to the ruins of Tenochtitlan it was determined that the main temple was the center of the political, religious and economic Aztecs which also was a place where the life of the inhabitants was linked with the mythology of their culture, with a number of festivals and offerings taking place on behalf of the gods. The ruins of Tenochtitlan was built on an average of seven stages and is considered to reach a height of over two hundred feet.

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument

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Aztec Ruins photos: Olga Cadena, Frankdyche, nclint, jb10okie, Wendy, Mark Wyatt.

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