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“The Pyramid with the Catholic Church On Top”

Great Pyramid of Cholula
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“The Pyramid with the Catholic Church On Top”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Cholula, on the outskirts of Puebla, is one of the most interesting small cities in Mexico. It was a major religious center at the time of the Conquest. You can read a description of the place in a book (still in print) by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of the conquistadores who came with Cortés. The Spanish had most of the native shrines destroyed and built churches at all the temple sites-- they say that there are 365 churches in Cholula. But the Virgen de los Remedios church is the only one I know that sits on top of one of the great pyramids of Mexico. You can go inside the pyramid itself! The archaeological site is expansive, with good signage. I highly recommend using a guide-- he'll point out elements that you shouldn't miss. You can walk up to the church, too-- and maybe buy some roasted grasshoppers on the way.

Visited July 2012
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San Pedro Cholula, Mexico
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“great cultural visit”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

thi is one of the most important attractions on cholula, you must visit it and watch the great view on the top, also there are several culture attractions near it and also restaurants and bars.

Visited March 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Get a Guide”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

I had been through the pyramid a lot of times with locals who were explaining the history to me, but when I went back my family wanted to get a guide, and it turned out that the locals don't actually know the history as correctly as they think they do!
Climb to the top and take a look, it's amazing how many churches you can see around Puebla from up there.

Visited June 2011
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“artificial mountain”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Small town Cholula with great pyramid named Tlachihualtepetl (in nahuatl languague means "artificial mountain). On the top of artificial hill is catholic church consecrated to Virgin of Remedies. Great view on Popocatepetl behind the hill and take some pictures. Museum with oveview of local history. Local speciality is "chiapullines" - fried grasshoppers.

Visited February 2012
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Vigo, Spain
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“Good day trip!”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

The pyramid doesn't look that big from the outside but it's very interesting and the church on top makes for some great views & photos. Entrance is free and you can enter a museum with artifacts and information about the people who lived here before you visit the pyramids. There is a small plaza right outside with a great view of the pyramid and church, and while I was visiting there was a performance of the flying dancers from Veracruz--very cool! You can also wander to the zocalo of Cholula after the pyramids and visit a small museum or sit outside and people watch!

Visited May 2012
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