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Templo Mayor archaeological site and museum

ATTRACTIONS · Museums , Monumental Mexico
From $65 MXN

classification

Science and history, Archeology, Art and history museums

schedule

Mon
Closed
Tue
09:00-17:00
Wed
09:00-17:00
Thu
09:00-17:00
Fri
09:00-17:00
Today
09:00-17:00
Sun
09:00-17:00

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+52 (55) 4040 5600

How to get

Seminario #8, Col. Centro. 06060, Historic Center

in detail

On February 21, 1978 workers of the Light and Power Company found the sculpture of Coyolxauhqui, which was then excavated by an INAH team. The finding represented a starting point for the study of the Mexica culture. And so, five centuries later, the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan came to light.

Nine years later the museum opened, exhibiting various archaeological excavations, which made it possible to recover more than 7,000 artifacts between the vestiges of buildings. Admission includes a tour of the archaeological site next to the Cathedral and the visit to the museum. Divided into eight rooms, the museum aims to replicate the spaces of the Great Temple.

The two largest divinities, Huitzilopochtli, sun god of war and patron of the Mexicas, and Tláloc, god of rain directly linked to agriculture, were worshipped in the largest temple. Therefore, the first four rooms are dedicated to Huitzilopochtli and war, while the remaining are about Tláloc and agriculture. However, the star piece is the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui, at the center of the museum, whose magnitude and beauty in the finishes and conservation are remarkable.

Today we know that the Templo Mayor was the absolute center of Mexica religious life, from the enthronement of tlatoanis to the ritual center on the most important holidays. It is estimated that the construction was carried out in seven stages and reached 60 meters in heigth.

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