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Archaeological Sites
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One of the greatest attractions of Mexico City is, without a doubt, the large amount of archaeological sites that extend throughout it, being the only metropolis in the world that can count among its treasures prehispanic ruins, legacy of the advanced civilizations that populated this region hundreds of years ago.  

In Mexico City you can find archeological vestiges in almost every place, from the great pyramids of Teotihuacan which name means “The City of the Gods” to a small Aztec altar in the Pino Suárez Underground station, or the Pyramid of Cuicuilco and the Plaza of the Three Cultures in Tlatelolco, place in which buildings of the most important eras in the history of Mexico coexist harmonious and monumental: a prehispanic pyramid, a colonial convent and contemporary skyscrapers that represent the modern era.

Another relevant fact is that the names of various areas of the city come from the ancient prehispanic settlements that stood there before; such is the case of Azcapotzalco, Mixcoac, Coyoacán and Iztacalco among many others. And these examples are only a sample of the archeological wealth of Mexico City, as several material remains of vases, jewelry and sculptures belonging to the ancient cultures that populated the Valley of Mexico are found frequently during the construction of public developments. This is why some of the greatest attractions of the city are its archeological sites; we will present the most important in the following links:









Templo Mayor

Other sites worth mentioning are: 

Pino Suárez.- this archeological site is located, surprisingly, inside an underground station in the area of the Historical Centre. It consists of a small circular altar which was possibly dedicated to the God of the Wind, known as Ehécatl. This small pyramid was discovered during the construction of the underground.  

San Pedro de los Pinos.- here you can find a pyramid with stone carvings and slopes. It is located in the area of San Pedro de los Pinos, to one side of the Periférico, half a block from San Antonio.  

Tenayuca.- this archeological site, which used to be the capital of the kingdom of the Acolhuas, a group that established before the Mexicas, houses a main pyramid surrounded by other smaller ones. It is located in the north of the city. 

Cerro de la Estrella (Hill of the Star).- located in the Iztapalapa district, on Cerro de la Estrella, it is a small auditorium in which diverse gatherings used to take place during the celebration of the Mexica New Year.  The entrance can be found on Ermita Iztapalapa Avenue.

Just like these prehispanic constructions, there are many more in Mexico City that can be discovered anywhere, as findings are still taking place today that are helping us understand the great legacy that the previous civilizations have contributed to our country and to the world.  Mexico, D.F. 2008. All rights reserved.