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“Ancient Aztec Pyramid” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo del Templo Mayor

Museo del Templo Mayor
Seminario 8 | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #8 of 273 Attractions in Mexico City
Type: Ancient Ruins, History Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The ruins of the temple the Aztecs believed to be center of the universe.
Dallas, Texas
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“Ancient Aztec Pyramid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is my favorite museum in Mexico. The site is where the old Aztec pyramid is, and what remains is fascinating. You can see how the pyramid was built and expanded over time. You will see chac-mools among other carvings of toads and snakes (the snakes are awesome). You will get a chance to see many other Aztec designs, including the tzompantli (skull rack). The museums has many interesting finds from the site. Allow about two hours to see this site and museum.

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“As good as the Metropolitan in NYC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Free if you're over 60! You first walk around the excavated Templo and you don't really need a guide as the signs are very informative and numerous. Just when you think you are done, there's tons more. And then, you go inside. Marble staircases and floors, I don't know how many and the artifacts are beautifully preserved. The history of all the gods relates to the sculptures or bas-reliefs so you learn the whole story. I really expected just a few exhibits but this was totally incredible. The lighting and the way things were displayed showed the artist's touch. Spend at least 2 hours, maybe 3. This defines Mexico in the context of its rich civilizations from the past and gives the Norte American a new respect for our neighbors.

Visited January 2014
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“Extraordinary Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Just as well the Spanish who invaded and conquered what was then the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan were not aware of how Aztecs built their grand temples...otherwise, we'd have nothing left of this extraordinary Templo Mayor, next to the Spanish built Cathedral just off Zocala square. The Spanish thought they had trashed the Aztec temple once they conquered the city, but all they had done was remove the outer 'skin' of the building. There were many more layers beneath which have been unearthed and revealed to the world during the course of the 20th Century. You can walk through the entire site observing both the extant ruins as well as some sensitive re-building of the original temple. Once you've walked through the original site, the adjacent museum is simply extraordinary. Some people apparently find such exhibits as the wall of skulls grizzly and confronting. One friend couldn't take it and left. I found the exhibits breathtaking and although the thoughts of human sacrifices including young women and babies is deeply disturbing, if you want to learn about and begin to understand the most aggressive and carnal of the many Mexican indigenous cultures, then you owe it to history to complete your must-see visit to this extraordinary museum.

Visited December 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Unexpected delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I thought this might just be another ruin but was pleasantly surprised by the history (just discovered in 1978), the timeline of the buildings, the beautiful carvings, the ghoulish skull walls, and the nice museum at the end.

Visited December 2013
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“Great museum for the scope and length.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The visit begins by walking through the ruins of the Temple area itself. There were a total of 7 temples, each built upon the other with the final temple being only 50 ft shorter than the Cathedral that stands nearby today. The museum itself takes you through the history of the temples, the agriculture, the flora and fauna etc. No food or drink is allowed inside so drink up before hand.

Visited December 2013
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