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“Ancient historical site in the heart of Mexico City”

Museo del Templo Mayor
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Ranked #22 of 546 things to do in Mexico City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The ruins of the temple the Aztecs believed to be center of the universe.
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This museum is next to the actual Aztec temple recently discovered in the heart of modern Mexico City. It was built in the 14th century in honor of the Aztec god of war and god of water. Walk the ruins and then make time to go through the museum - some of the best pieces maintained

Start on the top floors and walk down - but before you do make sure you look over the railings for a better perspective on the larger pieces

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

There are place that require seeing with your eyes and other need your heart as well. This is one of the latter. The history of the temple goes back to the 14th century. The Templo Mayor was one of the main temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City. It worshipped 2 gods, Huitzilopochtli, the sun god and Tlaloc, god of rain, both gods having their own shrine at the top of the Templo. It is composed of six pyramids, built one on top of the other. The last one was completed in 1487, and Tenochtitlan’s revered speaker Ahuizotl ordered the sacrifice of many prisoners of war to celebrate its completion; an average of 1,000 victims a day were sacrificed over a period of twenty days. The Aztecs had a covenant with their main god, Huitzilopochtli, who required the blood to have the strength to get up each morning and their rain god, Tlaloc for the same reason. Thus, these two gods gave them rain and sunshine which was required for agriculture. This demand for blood is not so strange if we consider that, in earlier times, Jesus made the same blood covenant with his followers, requiring that they drink his blood and eat his flesh.
And so we are looking at the destruction of a mighty civilization (the Aztecs) linked to a city (Teotihuacan) built before Christ. And those who worshipped Christ and had a blood covenant with him (the Spaniards) thought of the Aztecs as barbaric because they, as well, had a blood covenant with their god. But those same Spaniards had no trouble with the torture imposed by the inquisition in their “search” for the truth or with burning alive of those found guilty of apostasy. Talk about hypocrisy. At least the Aztecs sent their sacrifices to their death after giving them a drug that reduced their consciousness. And so see with your heart and weep for the destruction of a great civilization.
When you do visit the site ask for Beatriz Palma as a guide. We had her and were very happy with her service.
Do not miss going through the museum of the Templo Mayor which contains a great deal of information relating to the Templo and the culture of the Aztecs.

Note: The Chac-Mool in the pictures is depicted as: “statue served as a sacrifice repository of the blood, offered to our ancient gods, accumulated from young hearts for many centuries.” LORD PAKAL AHAU blog.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I highly recommend this place to anyone who has any interest in history. I also recommend going with a small group of 3 or more people and hiring an official guide. They will be able to give you immense info and likely answer all your questions, but hiring a guide if you are a solo traveler would be kind of expensive so make friends and form a small group. Both the site and the museum are very interesting and I wish i would have had more than 2 hours to see it all, 2.5 hours would have been perfect for me, but I like to do a lot of reading at museums so perhaps others wouldn't need quite that much time.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Templo Mayor is located just behind the metropolitan cathedral and it’s on the Zocalo. The entry ticket is 57 pesos and it’s worth the spend. The ruins of the temple show us how the great pyramid of Mayans was build and their ideology behind that.
It’s really awesome to see some painting which were few thousand years old. The description boards in English are helpful and good.
A must watch place in Mexican map.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

One block away from the Zócalo, it is a very important historical site in Mexico and easy to miss if you do not know it is there. Discovered by accident around 1970, it is an excellent museum dedicated to the history of Mexico until the Spanish arrived.

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