I was in Mexico City, completely surprised with it’s historic and cultural center and so much affection and romance, deciding where to travel to next. With many interesting historic and cultural places in the area, Teotihuacan, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, seemed like an interesting place to be.
Teotihuacan, known as the City of Gods, or the place where men became Gods, is considered to be one of the most advanced, mysterious and influential civilizations of all times. And it completely surprises and overwhelms at the same time for many reasons: mystery of it’s legendary civilization, grandness of it’s structures and, most importantly, for being ahead of it’s time.
Besides the belief that this is where the Sun, the Moon and the whole Universe were created, it was one of the most important and remarkable cities in the world at the peak of it’s existence. It is considered to be the first Mesoamerican city as the result of urban layout and planning usually associated with a city (order, architecture, streets, courtyards, complex underground systems, harmony, etc.), which greatly distinguishes it from the settlements of it’s time.
Being one of the most ancient and mysterious civilizations, which predated the Maya and the Aztec by centuries, was highly respected by them and one of the reasons it is greatly preserved through centuries, it is not a surprise that the grand buildings of Teotihuacán are in accordance with celestial movements and significance. Temple of the Sun is considered to be one of the largest ancient structures in the Americas and the world. Although not much is known about it’s primary purpose, this is a remarkable Temple of great importance.
Unlike other Pyramids around the world, these ones seem to be constructed for other reasons, which definitely puzzles many historians even today. Being the most advanced civilization of it’s time, may be, it was for astronomic and spiritual reasons, and energy. And divine connection with the Universe: Sun, Moon and balance of it all. Which made me think and wonder. How exactly did it become the most advanced and influential civilization of it’s time? And did the people create the Universe, and then became Gods or were they Gods all along in order to create such a magnificently advanced civilization? And what exactly made them Gods?! Oh, questions and mysteries…
Since not much is known about this particular mysterious, and may I add, absolutely grand civilization, this is what I decided to do in order to get a proper feeling and atmosphere of the place, to go for a stroll among the Temples and try to imagine what it is like to be one of those men and, hopefully, women who became Gods in a whole new Universe.
So I breathed in deeply and took my first steps towards the Temple of the Sun.
Teotihuacan, known as the City of Gods, is considered to be one of the most advanced and mysterious civilizations of it’s time. And there is no wonder why, once you actually get here
It is greatly distinguished from the settlements of its time, and even from the settlements many centuries after. Mostly because of all the planning, grand structures, and very elaborate and impressive details on these temples
The Temple of Quetzalcoatl (also known as Temple of the Plumed Serpent) with it’s elaborate details
Did I mention this is the first Mesoamerican city? Which means: city layout, architecture, streets, courtyards, order, even harmony. Thankfully, my investment in education finally pays off in the form of my ability to understand passing-by tour guides and travelers in all the languages I know, and find many reasons to smile along the way. How is this for a “superpower”? )
Я на солнышке лежу, Я на солнышко гляжу…🎶
And here it is… Temple of the Sun, one of the largest ancient structures built in the Americas and the world. And just a couple of hours from here, there is the Great Pyramid of Cholula, or the largest pyramid in the world and the largest monument ever constructed (by volume!), by any civilization ever, at least so far. Yes, in Mexico! Who actually knew it? And how impressive is this?
Seriously, how did they do it?! Gods, indeed )
Up, up, up, up, up…
Feeling at Home already… and seems like it was made for me )
Once I explored Teotihuacan, some of it’s structures, temples and elaborate details, took plenty of photos, walked through the valley (yep, the valley the valley…), although mine was mostly fun, singing Я на солнышке лежу, Я на солнышко гляжу…🎶, listened to the passing-by tour guides and travelers speaking different languages, tried to guess their words and meanings, even found many reasons to smile along the way and then climbed all those stairs to get to the very top.
If this place was not already impressive and majestic enough, which definitely was for me (!), it was even more impressive and even more majestic from here. There they were…
Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon
Life and balance of it all
And then there are talks about travels, love and affection, smiles, music and dreams… And life
Do you know where the Universe, Sun and Moon were created? Where the City of Gods is and the place of the most advanced and mysterious civilization of it’s time?
Enjoy your travels,
All opinions and experiences are, as always, my own.
For traveler related information and planning visit UNESCO Teotihuacan official web pageby