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  Xochicalco Pyramid - Tour By Mexico ®Xochicalco in the State of Morelos, Mexico, is located 38 kms (24 mi.) southwest of Cuernavaca.

Xochicalco is one of the most exciting and richest archaeological sites in all Mexico. It was an area developed during the period 800 to 900 A.D., between the destruction of Teotihuacan (Aztec) and the beginning of Tollan (Toltec). Xochicalco was not only the oldest known fortress in Middle America, but also a religious center. Xochicalco Pyramid - Tour By Mexico ® Xochicalco Pyramid - Tour By Mexico ®

Already in the beginning of the IX century, Xochicalco must have been an important trading center, as it lay on the trade routes linking the northern and southern cultures.

Xochicalco Pyramid - Tour By Mexico ®Xochicalco means "Place of Flowers", although at present time, the hilltops are arid. The stronghold is 132 mts (430 ft) above a wide plain on a sugar-loaf where ball courts, palaces and living quarters were erected, but the whole area was terraced and stair stepped with stone supports facing around each one leading higher upward to the broad platform where the most fascinating of archaeological findings rest.

 

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pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, is a temple measuring 21 by 19mts (69 by 61 ft.) at its base and 17 mts (54.5 ft.) high. The sides of the pyramid are faced with slabs of extraordinary hard density. They have been fitted together with mortar, but the joint areas are scarcely visible.

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The lines of the building belong to cardinal points. After the building was completed, relieves seven or ten centimeters (three or four inches) deep were carved into these stones in the form of a frieze. These represent the Feathered Snake, which coils around the sides of the pyramid with their heads at the corners. A cross-legged priest sits between the snake coils wearing an elaborated head dress which seems particularly close to Mayan style.

 

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Morelos State •
|  Amacuzac Town |  Coatlan del Rio Town  |  Cuautla City  |  Cuernavaca ۞ Capital City |
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Huitzilac Town  |   Jojutla City  |  Miacatlan Town  |  Puente de Ixtla Town  |  Temixco Town  |
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Tepoztlan Town  |  Tequesquitengo Town  |  Tlaltizapan Town  |  Tlaquiltenango Town  |
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  Tlayacapan Town |   Xochicalco Archaeological Site  |  Xochitepec Town  |
 |  Yautepec, Oaxtepec and Cocoyoc  |
|  Other Towns: Villa de Ayala, Jantetelco, Jonacatepec, Tepalcingo and Axochiapan  |
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  The Convents Route:
(Tlayacapan, Yecapixtla, Ocuituco, Tetela del Volcan,
Zacualpan de Amilpas, Temoac.)
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