Thursday, March 30, 2023

Santa Cecilia: An Enigmatic Pyramid at Talnepantla

Santa Cecilia: An Enigmatic Pyramid At Talnepantla
The pyramid is believed to be dedicated to Hutzilopochtli. Photo: INAH

It seems unbelievable that many residents of Mexico City and the State of Mexico They still do not know the pyramid of Santa Cecilia Acatitlán, located in Tlalnepantla, whose Chichimeca origins date back to 1200 AD.

In We’ll tell you where this pyramid is and how you can get to it from CDMX.

History of the Pyramid of Santa Cecilia

According to information from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), it is curious that the pyramid of Santa Cecilia Acatitlán is not mentioned in pre-Hispanic and historical sources, so it is believed that the Spaniards left the site before the arrival. went. in the nineteenth century. XVI.

For this reason, work and the first investigations at the site, which was the residence of the Toltec-Chichimecas, took place between 1923 and 1924, until, in the early 1960s, the archaeologist Eduardo Parreon fully exploited the site. .

The origins of Acatitlán are located by INAH in the year 1200 AD, with the arrival of the Chichimeca groups who came from the north and mixed with the survivors of the Toltec culture, gaining knowledge in astronomy, architecture, agriculture and more.

How is the pyramid?

The pyramid is believed to be dedicated to hutizilopochtliThe pyramid base was a reconstruction of the archaeologist Perion, with reference to indigenous sources from historians and conquerors, inside is a statue of chalk origin.

Visitors can admire the pyramid, which is located in front of a small turn-of-the-century Catholic church. XVIIts base is 17 meters by 27 meters and its height is 8 meters.

It is believed that sacrifices and offerings were made in the upper part of the reconstructed temple, as there are sacrificial stones and censers on its sides.

is associated with the area Mexica Sculpture Museum Dr. Eusebio Davalos Hurtado, which has a collection of Mexica stone and ceramic pieces; It occupies a house from the late 19th century, and also has two rooms where the dining room and kitchen of the time are on display.

How to get to the Santa Cecilia area?

this visit to the pyramids of Santa Cecilia It is ideal for a weekend, it can be done from CDMX to Calzada Vallejo or Central Axis 100m to Tenayuca, taking Santa Cecilia-San Rafael Avenue, it can also be reached by Metrobus line 3 which reaches Tenayuca .

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