the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl
(9 shots) | Near the Pyramid of the Moon was the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. Build around 250 AD and found in 1962. Quetzalpapalotl means “feathered butterfly”; kind of God, to be seen in the carvings on the pillars. Others think that it’s the “Spearthrower Owl” an important military god at Teotihuacan. Very well restored; but I liked the rough stuff better.
Central Courtyard Floor
The Palace is configured around a square courtyard. I liked the floor a lot. But with stories about human sacrifices and torn-out hearts in mind, I was wondering what had all been washed away down that drain, in those days. The colours helped a lot with that…
The Temple of the Feathered Conch Shells
The Palace of Quetzalpapalotl was built upon an older structure: the Temple of the Feathered-Conches, probably built around 200 AD. It was a dark place with great paintings of a bird, that looks like an eagle but is assumed to be a Macaw that gives power to, most likely, a maize-plant.
Mystics of a Bird and a Crop
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The Pyramid of the Moon, seen from the P.o.t.Sun.
(9 shots).- From The Pyramid of the Sun we had a great view on the Pyramid of the Moon. It is at the end of the ‘Totenweg’; some kind of apotheosis. In front of it is a plaza, surrounded by a number of smaller Pyramids. It was built in several phases, roughly between 0-500 AD. It was dedicated to the goddess of water, fertility, the earth, and even creation itself.
From the Sun to the Moon
All these Pyramids were very colorful in those days. Somewhere between the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon was a niche with a painting of a jaguar. I assume this shows how Teotihuacán must have looked when it was still inhabited by Aztecs and or other ‘tecs’.
The Pyramid of the Moon
Pyramid of the Sun
The Pyramid of the Sun, taken from The pyramid of the Quetzalcoatl
(8 shots) From The Pyramid of the Quetzalcoatl we had a great side-view on the largest Pyramid of Teotihuacán; the Pyramid of the Sun.
Avenue of the Dead
The ‘main road’ of Teotihuacán is enormous. It was called “Miccoatli” which means: “Avenue of the Dead” (I like it even better in German: “Totenweg”). At the end is the Pyramid of the Moon. It starts with several terraces that are connected by rough stairs. When reaching the highest level, the view is immense. I imagined thousands of people, chanting together, while somewhere upon one of those huge pyramides an animal or human being was sacrificed, for reasons nobody knows for sure anymore.
Avenue of the Dead, upper level
Approaching the Pyramid of the Sun
The way up
The largest Pyramid is the Pyramid of the Sun. Got it’s name from the Aztecs, who did not start to build it. It’s not clear who were the founders of Teotihuacán; but the Aztecs entered the City after it was abandoned for quite some time. The Pyramid of the Sun was completed around 100 AD… According to just one Wikipedia-page the Pyramid is 65.5; 71.2 and 75 meters high; so pick what you like, but believe me, it’s very high. I’m not a hero when it comes to climbing on structures that were designed by the human brain; but this one I had to conquer. The higher I got, the more the vertigo took hold of my muscles and mind; but finally I reached the top. Enormous view over the site. The worst moment for me was to start the descent; that ridge with ‘nothing’, pulling on me. The first two stairs I did sitting on the butt. 🙂 Then things got better and I was glad to find myself on the ‘Totenweg’ again. I did not climb the Pyramid of the Moon, which was less high, but much steeper.
Along the front-side
View from the Pyramid of the Sun
Teotihuacán, first view
Our travel-guide was a good one. She wanted us to be in the bus early for our trip to the remains of the Aztec City Teotihuacán, because she knew that later on the place would be crowded. It was a dreary day. We skipped the coffee and an introduction and started immediately. My first impression was: huge!
The Temple of Quetzalcoatl
This was the first pyramid we met. It’s The Temple of Quetzalcoatl or, The pyramid of the Feathered Serpent (or a mix of the two..). Quetzalcoatl (=”Feathered Serpent”) was the God of the winds and rains and the creator of the world and mankind. He appears as a mix of a bird and a rattle snake. A large number of sacrificial burials were found at the pyramid, believed to be carried out as part of the dedication of the temple. We didn’t see one.
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Quetzalcoatl and Tláloc in Relief
The reliefs on the facade of the pyramid show the heads of Quetzalcoatl and Tláloc, who is the God of rain, water, lightning and agriculture. In the days of the Aztecs these pyramids were painted in hard colours. Too bad all that has faded completely.
Stairway of the Past
Dark in the Rain