Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday was taken while I was visiting Mexico City, Mexico for a long weekend. I took a cheap SouthWest Airlines flight from Houston to Mexico City for the weekend. I was so excited to visit Mexico. Despite having been to over 20 countries I had never been to Mexico. I couldn’t wait to start exploring the history of Tenochtitlan. This photo was taken on my visit to Templo Mayor or the Great Temple in downtown Mexico City.
The Templo Mayor is located next to Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven or should I say that the Cathedral is located next to the Templo Mayor. The Templo Mayor is a large temple complex dedicated to the Aztec gods of Huitzilopochtli, god of war, and Tlaloc, god of rain and agriculture. It had several phases of construction starting in the early 1300’s and ended when the Spanish destroyed the temple in 1521. The site was built over until the mid-twentieth century. Over 7,000 objects were discovered during the excavations.
I spent a day exploring the historic site and walking through the history of Mexico City. I loved seeing the numerous historical objects like the large stone tablets as well as one of the largest historical finds in the history of Mexico. As I walked through the site, I couldn’t believe that the Spanish would destroy this magnificent temple. I took the time to explore the site. There are a lot of hidden sculptures like snakes, frogs, and other stone statues. Each statue has a history and I wish more was known about this historic site.