Teotihuacan Temples

Teotihuacan temples reveal that the ancient people who lived in this area of the basin of Mexico had a very religious culture. There are two main pyramids at Teotihuacan that served as places of worship for citizens of this ancient civilization. Located along the Avenue of the Dead are the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon, and religious artifacts were found in both buildings.

The architectural style of the temples is called talud tablero, meaning slope and panel. This design of platforms allowed them to create the pyramid shapes that visitors see today. In fact, the third-largest pyramid of the world is found at Teotihuacan. The Pyramid of the Sun is 210 feet tall, though it was thought to be taller when it had a small temple on the top. Built between 100 and 150 AD, this is the most impressive building in the archaeological site.

The other most famous of the Teotihuacan temples is the Pyramid of the Moon. This was the first large-scale structure built in Teotihuacan. Built in the first century AD but renovated over time, the temple now reaches a height of 138 feet.

While these two are the most popular pyramids at Teotihuacan, there is one more of significance: the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent. It may be small, but it is covered in carved serpent heads weighing more than four tons each. Archaeologists think it was built by a ruler of this time period and that he is buried inside, as the serpent is a symbol of leadership. At one time, the temples were covered in plaster and painted, possibly in bright colors such as red. Another interesting fact is that only priests were allowed to climb the steps of the pyramids.

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