Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cacaxtla and Xochitencatl

Cacaxtla is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Mexico.  Located in a hilltop, the pyramid is covered be the world’s second largest archaeological roof in order to prevent erosion.  Two discoveries distinguish this site from others.  One is the latticework window, which is the only one of its kind in Mesoamerica:: and the other is a series of murals scattered about the site, considered some of the best-preserved pre-Hispanic paintings in Mesoamerica.  Xochitencatl and its ruins are located on a hill just opposite to Cacaxtla.  The site features four pyramids, the largest of which, The Pyramid of Flowers, is actually a pyramid on top of a pyramid.  The spiral pyramid, dedicated to the wind god Ehecatl, is the only such spiral pyramid known to exist. 

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From the looks of this picture, taken on top of the Pyramid of the flowers, I could be anywhere.  You’d have no idea that I am in Mexico.

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