Teotihuacán: City of the Gods

Tour curated by: The HistoricalMX Team

The city of Teotihuacan ('where the gods were created') is situated roughly 30 miles north-east of Mexico City. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries CE, it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. As one of the most powerful cultural centers in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region and beyond.

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After the explosive volcanic eruption of Mt. Popocatépetl located deep southern Mexico, people hurriedly raced for refuge to escape the ash cloud plumed across their skies. When having traveled so far as the Valley of Mexico, an Eden to be settled,…

Teotihuacan, located in the modern day State of Mexico, was originally an empty site prior to the first century AD, but the eruption of the Xitle volcano at the end of century caused a massive migration of indigenous groups to the valley, since their…

Arms open wide, reaching down to her people below, she is adorned with a beautiful headdress and jewelry. Her purpose is unclear, but her beauty is apparent. Appearing in multiple murals throughout Teotihuacan and the surrounding areas, perhaps she…

Obsidian was one of the most important materials distributed in Mesoamerica. Teotihuacan controlled the trade in this valuable commodity from the dawn of the common-era to 600 CE. In Mesoamerica, obsidian was considered a semiprecious stone because…

Warrior, outsider, ruler, and legend. These are a few of the words used to describe the infamous “Spearthrower Owl.” The Spearthrower Owl or “Atlatl Cauac” is the name of a figure that appears in Maya inscriptions throughout Mesoamerica…