Cuicuilco1
Cuicuilco1

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This is one of the most important ceremonial centers in the valley of Mexico.

It consists of a circular pyramid of 100 meters in diameter and about 22 meters high. The ruins date from the preclassic period (700 B.C. to 150 A.D.).

It was the first ceremonial, religious and civic center of the Mexican highlands and had to be abandoned because of the eruption of the Xitle volcano in 150 B.C. when all the buildings and houses were covered by ash and thick layers of lava.

It is considered one of the most significant in the region before the emergence of Teotihuacán. In fact, it is speculated that around 250 B.C. both metropolis competed for regional hegemony.

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The Pedregal lava field covers an area of 80 km2 in the southern Basin of Mexico, including the foothills of the Ajusco mountain range and in some places it is more than 10 m deep.

In the site is characterized by a round-section pyramid and several well-preserved stone structures that were covered by lava flows.

The pyramid is a truncated cone-shaped structure known as the Great Basement, which is thought to have been conceived as a Horizon Calendar, in fact, in its highest part you can see the equinox behind the El Papayo Volcano.

On the southeastern side of the pyramid is an enormous monolith 4 meters tall, a stele inscribed with numerous small circles.

Along the southwest part of the pyramid, you’ll find an assortment of stones placed in a rather crude circle, known as a ‘kiva.’ Inside there are some ceremonial figures painted with iron oxide.

 

Location

It is located in the Tlalpan Delegation, between the Peripheral and Insurgentes, in front of the Villa Olímpica housing unit.

Hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.

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