Aztec Temple - Forgotten Wonders of the World

A very religious race, the Aztecs or the Mexicans believed greatly in the ritual of sacrificing people for the gratification of the Gods. This number even went up to a ghastly 20,000 per year. For these rituals and ceremonies, the Aztecs built temples and also, adorned the walls of the temples with skulls of the dead. The largest temple in the city of Tenochtitlan, also called as the Templo Mayor or the Pyramid of Huitilopochtli. This temple is dedicated to the Aztec God, Huitilopochtli who beheaded his sister Goddess Coyolxauhqui.

The Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan was a dual pyramid structure where the top of the pyramid could be reached by a double staircase which led to a single platform. Surprisingly, these pyramids were different from those of the Egyptians by having a flat top rather than a pointed top. Also, there is a special feature about these temples which is that the older temples were never destroyed in wake to build new ones. Instead, newer construction was made on top of the older ones which made the temples look larger, full of splendour and immensely decorated. This temple was initially built of hay and sticks due to absence of rocks. This temple was built in the reign of Tizoc and was inaugurated in 1487.

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