Declared World Heritage in 1992


Tajin in Veracruz, MexicoTajin is situated 8 km from Papantla in the State of Veracruz, Mexico.

Tajin is one of the most outstanding archaeological zones in Mexico, due to it has been the most important ceremonial center in the Gulf of Mexico.

In Tajin you can admire 356 remains of this culture

Among the main constructions are:

  • Tajin in Veracruz, MexicoThe Piramide de Los Nichos (Pyramid of the Recesses)

  • El Juego de Pelota (the Ball Game)

The legend of the Tajin god Calimaxtla has it that an orphan boy was lost on a mountainside. One day, a magic ax lead him to the pyramid of the Niches. There, 12 old men adopted him, and told him not to touch anything. The boy didn't listen, however, and opened a mysterious trunk that contained all the suites that the gods wore. He put on the suit he liked the most -the one, in fact, belonging to Calimaxtla, and it had a lustrous sword that produced thunder and lightening once unsheathed.

As he played with the sword, weaving it around in the air, jumping from one cloud to another, he began to make the rivers overflow and exterminated towns. Completely infuriated, the old man tied him up with a rainbow and threw him to the bottom of the ocean with the promise that they would only untie him to play on his birthday, June 24, which coincides with the arrival of the rainy season in the region.

Tajin in Veracruz, Mexico

Passed down through generations of Totonacs, this legend can be found displayed on the walls of the El Tajin archaeological zone, which spans .6 square miles, was at its height from 800 to 1150 A.D.

Some information from the magazine Vuelo year VI number 69 October 1999 / Berenice Gonzalez


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