The most majestic pre-Hispanic temples of Mexico
Travel through Mexico’s past
Culture, traditions and findings
Mexico is a multicultural country because of the mixture of races, languages, and traditions that have had throughout its history. If you are looking for a way to get closer to the Mexican culture and connect with our origins in a unique way, visit the pre-Hispanic vestiges that still lie in these wonderful lands.
Continue reading to know a little about the most majestic pre-Hispanic temples in Mexico.
1.- The Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal
One of the highest exponents of the Puuc route is the archaeological zone of Uxmal, where the great pyramid of the Magician is found with a height of 117 feet. Behind this name is a legend that tells that the pyramid was built in one night by a dwarf, born of an egg found by a witch near Uxmal. The child was born with the ability to guess the future, so he was called the Magician.
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2.- The Castle in Tulum
Tulum is a beautiful walled city where you can admire the Caribbean Sea from above, a sacred site for the Mayas, which despite being so close to the sea, has murals and structures in very good condition. In Maya, it received the name of Zama, which means sunrise.
The Castle, on the top of the cliff, has amazing facades sculptures of the descending god, which has sometimes been associated with Chaac, god of rain.
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3.- The Temple of Kukulcan in Chichén Itza
Without a doubt, Chichen Itza is one of the most important archaeological sites of Mayan culture in Yucatan and The Castle was one of the great temples that were built almost at the end of its splendor. This is the most popular pyramid in Mexico as it has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World according to the New7wonders site.
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4.- Nohoch Mul en Coba
The Mayan city of Coba has as main pyramid Nohoch Mul, is currently registered as the highest of this millenarian culture: 138 feet tall . For travelers is a real adventure since unlike other sites, here you can still climb the 120 steps to observe an unparalleled view of the Mayan jungle.
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5.- Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan is one of the archaeological sites with which Mexico is most identified. One of the most important cities of the center of the country where the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon enhance the great city of the gods.
To date, the real name of the city, who lived there, or how they used this city is still unknown. Its pyramids were considered the place where the gods lived and where men should go to be able to ascend and become one.
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6.- The Palace in Palenque
If you travel to Chiapas, you can’t miss Palenque, a pre-Hispanic city that is currently a World Heritage Site. Its magnificent sculptures and buildings tell us the story of the man trying to understand and explain the universe.
Undoubtedly, the Palace is the most important building, for over 400 years it was built in several styles, with several architectural elements such as a tower, four courtyards, basements and staircases, among others.
7.- Pyramid of the Niches of Tajin
One of the prettiest pre-Hispanic buildings is undoubtedly the Pyramid of the Niches of Tajin, located in the state of Veracruz, which is a great exponent of the Totonaca culture. In it you can see niches, reliefs and mural painting like mute witnesses of a city that was known as the one of the smoking temples, since it was constantly burning copal in its buildings.
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8.- Estructure 1 in Calakmul
If you love nature, and you love to observe flora and fauna, Calakmul is a city that can’t miss on your itinerary to Campeche. In the middle of the biosphere reserve is the archaeological zone which means two adjacent mounds.
Its majestic Palace is a high construction that dominates the forest. If you arrive very early, from its summit you will be able to admire how, little by little, the mantle of mist that at night covers the place rises.
9.- Atlantes of Tula in Tollan-Xicocotitlan
Tula is a place that used to be dedicated to commerce, it had influence throughout Mesoamerica because they controlled the commerce of the turquoise. Its occupation began to happen at the same time that Teotihuacan began its decline. Nowadays, something that attracts much the attention of the visitors are the famous giants or Atlanteans of Tula: very high sculptures that represent warriors.
10.- The Monte Alban Ceremonial Site
Monte Alban is a vestige of Zapotec and Mixtec cultures, since like many pre-Hispanic cities, it was inhabited by different cultures over time. Something that sets it apart from the rest is that here the buildings were built copying the forms of the hills. On the slopes, terraces were formed where the houses of the majority of the inhabitants were built. On the other hand, political, military, and religious elites lived within the ceremonial compound.
Discover Mexico from the roots, visit these majestic pre-Hispanic temples and let yourself be amazed by our history.