the third-largest pyramid in the world.
08.02.2009 17 °C
Let it be noted that this trip happened December 27; the beginnings of the blog began in March (possibly February), and is here submitted for your approval in the middle of April. Yay technology!
We went to Teotihuacan, a short 45-minute bus ride from DF, a couple of days after Christmas.
Teotihuacan, all told, houses two giant pyramids, the Sun (the 3rd largest pyramid in the world) and the Moon, and a third, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent-god who is creator of humanity...strangely enough, more than 200 sacrificial victims were found under this temple), the remains of residences along the "Avenue of the Dead,"and numerous sellers, hawkers, and children running around. It's a pretty popular place among tourists and locals alike. And appropriately so.
We first braved the Pyramid of the Sun (or as I preferred to call it, "getting it out of the way"), its impressive size hulking in the distance as soon as we arrived (it is 738 ft wide and 246 ft tall). We moved on to the Moon Pyramid, in which Anna Paola (another teacher at my school who was vacationing in DF as well) conquered her fear and made it to the top! We met Quetzalcoatl, had a little bit of lunch and explored the ruins some more. In no particular order, here are some pictures!
This is a view from the Pyramid of the Moon; here you can see the Avenue and Sun Pyramid.
Biking to Teotihuacan.
The view from the Sun Pyramid.
Selling wares in the heat.
People walking along the Avenue of the Dead.
Inside the Citadel, some original mural work dating from 150-200 AD.
The columns inside the patio of the Citadel were somewhat hodgepodge-y, or mosaic...y. Either way, they are super old and pretty cool.
I got this little guy hanging out in some ruins.
There are many more pictures: the Sun Pyramid up close, from afar, from the bottom, from the top, the facade, etc. Likewise, I have the same pictures of each structure from various perspectives. As always, I have weeded through hundreds to bring you the best and most interesting (in my opinion of course).
Continuing on with the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in DF....