|Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan|
|On top of the world! Actually, the Pyramid of the Sun.|
|Pyramid of the Moon|
|View from top of the Pyramid of the Sun|
|Fresco from the Palace of the Jaguars.|
|Votive Figurine (reproduction)|
The Teotihuacan culture in central Mexico collapsed in the 8th Century A.D. It was followed first by the Toltecs, who built their capital at Tula, and then the Aztecs, whose capital was Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City.) During centuries of disuse, what was left of the buildings at Teotihuacan gradually fell down and became overgrown with weeds. Their colorful murals faded and disintegrated with exposure to the weather. Objects that had been left behind were broken or buried. What we see today only hints at the greatness that was Teotihuacan.
|Coatlicue (Museum of Anthropology)|
My visit to Teotihuacan in 1991 inspired a second trip when I went to research my book City of the Gods: Mexico’s Ancient city of Teotihuacan (Clarion, 1994), illustrated with photographs by Richard Hewett. The pictures on this blog are mine from the first trip.