Mexico City Attractions

Templo Mayor
Templo Mayor © AlejandroLinaresGarcia

Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor (Great Temple) was the principal temple of the Aztecs, believed to mark the centre of the universe. It was part of the sacred complex of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, and today it has been excavated to show the multiple layers of construction. The temple was first built in 1375, and enlarged several times, each rebuilding accompanied by a frenzied bloody sacrifice of captured warriors to rededicate the sacred area. Within the site is the excellent Museo del Templo Mayor, displaying artifacts from the original site including a great wheel-like stone carving of the Aztec goddess of the moon, Coyilxauhqui. The entrance fee covers admission to both the museum and the archaeological site.

Address: Seminario 8, Historical District; Website: www.templomayor.inah.gob.mx/english; Telephone: +52 55 4040 5600; Transport: Take metro to Zocalo. Templo Mayor is off Zocalo, to the right of the city cathedral if you face it.; Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.; Admission: MXN 64