Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Teotihuacan, UNESCO World Heritage Site

December 21, 2009
The Pyramid of the Sun, pictured above, is the third largest pyramid in the world. It is hard to get perspective of the size, but look closely and you can see people at the top. Construction was started on it over two thousand years ago by the Toltec people, and other groups of people including the Mayan also contributed to it's construction. It got it's name from the Aztecs, who visited the city of Teotihuacan centuries after it was abandoned.

At it's height, the City of Teotihuacan was home to probably 200,000 people, larger than any European city of the same era. Above is a drawing of the city, showing the Pyramid of the Sun on the right and the smaller Pyramid of the Moon. The street running between them was called The Avenue of the Dead.

Looking up the stairs (about 250) of the Pyramid of the Sun.