Monuments in Mexico

Monuments in Mexico
Mexico's culture has been cultivated over many centuries. From indigenous empires that left behind a vast legacy of grand cities lost to time and rediscovered to great fanfare, to the colonial influence referenced in works of architecture and art, Mexico has thousands of monuments that celebrate the proud, ancient heritage of its people.

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan, the City of the Gods, is located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. Deemed Mexico's most important archaeological site, Teotihuacan has fascinated people for centuries. Its main structures include the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The beauty and mysterious history of the pre-colonial site continues to be revealed, as archaeologists endeavor to excavate the remains of the most important city of the Aztec empire.

Teotihuacan
30 Miles Northeast of Mexico City
Mexico
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Chichen-Itza

Chichen-Itza, which means "at the mouth of the Itza well," is a Mayan city on the Yucatan peninsula. One of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Mexico, it has a history stretching back to the 6th century A.D., when it was the center for commerce, politics and religion for the Mayan empire. Rife with cosmological symbolism, the city's main structures include a pyramid, an observatory and a sacred limestone sinkhole. As one of the most visited sites in Mexico, Chichen-Itza is a designated World Heritage Site.

Chichen-Itza
72 Miles Southeast of Merida
Mexico
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Monasteries of Popocatepetl

On and near the slopes of Popocatepetl, the sacred volcano of the Valley of Mexico, stand 14 monasteries built by Catholic missionaries during the early 16th century. Built in the architectural style of the Dominican, Franciscan and Augustinian monks who settled there, the monasteries have withstood centuries of neglect and are now a World Heritage Site. The austere beauty and ornate architecture of the monasteries are a draw to visitors interested in the country's early colonial history. The monasteries are spread between the states of Morelos and Puebla.

Monasteries of Popocatepetl
84 Miles Southeast of Mexico City
Mexico
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Zocalo

The Zocalo is the central plaza of Mexico City and has been the heart of the country for centuries. Both a place of celebration and remembrance, the Zocalo is flanked by some of the most beautiful colonial architecture in the nation's capital, such as the Palacio Nacional and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Zocalo is one of the most visited sites in Mexico, both for its historical importance and its central location--it is nearly impossible to miss.

Zocalo
Centro Historico
Juarez and 20 de Noviembre
Mexico City
Mexico
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Article Written By Michael Degnan

Michael Degnan is a Central California-based writer with a passion for all forms of human technology, from food production to the newest gadgetry. He spent three years writing tech reviews for CNET, as well as having written articles for several nonprofit organizations dealing with indigenous rights. He holds degrees in cinema studies and cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University.

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