The Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico.

posted on 11th of february, 2011

The Teotihuacán Pyramids near Mexico City, this shot from the Pyramid of the Moon towards the Pyramid of the Sun with the Avenue of the Dead leading off to the right.

Teotihuacán guards secrets we have yet to unravel. The origins of Teotihuacán are uncertain, although it is thought some of the inhabitants arrived from the Valley of Mexico to the south, refugees from an eruption of the Xitle volcano, which caused major devastation and forced the survivors in the region to seek a new place to settle. Construction of the city probably started in the first two centuries BC, and the civilization reached its high point between 350 and 650 AD.

Scholars in archaeology agree that this is Mexico's - and perhaps the one of the world's - most important archaeological sites. It was the largest city in the Americas, and during its heyday around 500 AD, its population was greater than that of Rome at the same time.

One of the greatest mysteries of Teotihuacán is that no one knows where the huge population that lived here eventually ended up. It is as if they vanished without a trace.

This was also a place where human sacrifices were made, often in correlation with astronomical events. When the site was excavated, many tombs were found, some with the remains of what were believed to be people sacrificed to the gods.

Many people today believe that Teotihuacán is a place of great energy, and it is quite common to witness people meditating at the top of main pyramids (The Pyramid of the Sun and The Pyramid of the Moon).

This is truly a wonderful place to visit and is a "must do" if you happen to be in Mexico City. My best advice is to get there early before the tourist coaches arrive plus bring a hat and plenty of suncream!

Comments (10)

Posted by Arturoosorno on March 03, 2011
Ian, Excellent shots, the cultures of our predecessor, more than stones is mexican and universal culture, congratulations
Posted by Cbomers on February 18, 2011
Thanks for this interesting blog! I have visited the Teotihuacan piramids a long time ago, and remember i was amazed by its beauty and silence being on the top after climbing many stairs.

Your shots are beautiful! Caroline
Posted by FabioConcetta on February 12, 2011
Beautiful pictures, really nice work, although I am in Mexico right now!
Posted by Egomezta on February 12, 2011
Great images.... I went there more than 20 years ago, they are amazing.
Posted by Joe1971 on February 12, 2011
It is very nice!!!
Posted by Mani33 on February 12, 2011
Nice shots! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Jetjock on February 12, 2011
Thank you!
Posted by Scottysally2 on February 11, 2011
Interesting blog, and beautiful shots. :)
Posted by Laurasinelle on February 11, 2011
Great photos! Congrats!
Posted by Rubybayan on February 11, 2011
Lovely shots! (Making mental note to see the pyramids when I visit Mexico.)

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