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Templo Mayor

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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico en_US
dc.coverage.temporal ca. 1325-1521 (inclusive); excavated 1978-1982 (other) en_US
dc.creator unknown en_US 1325-1521 en_US 1978-1982 en_US 2013-01-22T16:21:37Z 2013-01-22T16:21:37Z 1325-1521 en_US 1978-1982 en_US
dc.identifier 185889 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 1872 en_US
dc.description View of the remains of the Templo Mayor with the temple of Tláloc in the foreground; The Great Temple was at the center of Tenochtitlán, the former city on the site founded ca. 1325 by the Mexica people, one of several Aztec groups. A rectilinear urban plan was developed, with large open spaces for communal activities; at its centre was a huge ceremonial precinct containing the most important pyramidal temple, the Templo Mayor (Great Temple), dedicated at the time of the city’s founding jointly to Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec patron god of war, and to Tlaloc, the god of rain. The Templo Mayor was the symbolic as well as the physical centre of the Aztec universe, and during the following two centuries of Aztec expansion, when Tenochtitlán became the imperial capital, the structure was enlarged and rebuilt many times. Facing north, the twin temples at its summit looked out on the setting sun. The temple on the left to the north was dedicated to Tlaloc and the southern one to Huitzilopochtil. Both temples were fronted by two enormous staircases bordered by four ramps with serpent motifs. Source: Grove Art Online; (accessed 6/22/2009) en_US
dc.format.medium stone en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject architectural exteriors en_US
dc.subject deities en_US
dc.subject archaeology en_US
dc.subject Mexico History en_US
dc.subject Aztec en_US
dc.subject Postclassic en_US
dc.title Templo Mayor en_US
dc.title.alternative Great Temple en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A2-M-MC-TM-A2 en_US
vra.culturalContext Mesoamerican Aztec en_US
vra.technique construction (assembling) en_US
vra.worktype excavation (site) en_US
vra.worktype temple en_US
dc.contributor.display unknown (Mesoamerican) en_US

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