Cholula, conquistadores, discovering mexico, Great Pyramid of Cholula, Iztaccihuatl, Popocatépetl, pre-Colombian, pre-Hispanic, Puebla, Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, temple-pyramids, volcanoes
Hi, everybody 🙂
Hope you all enjoyed reading my previous post : The Historic City of Puebla in Mexico
Today’s post is on the famous archaeological zone of Cholula, host to the largest pyramid in the world and located just ten kilometres west of Puebla.
A famous Pre-Hispanic ceremonial centre, Cholula once had around four hundred temple-pyramids, all of which were destroyed by the conquistadores, and replaced with churches. Even today, the city is full of churches.
The top of the Great Pyramid was levelled to build a church, the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the world’s largest monument and largest Pre-Columbian pyramid by volume. The base of this pyramid is larger than the great Egyptian pyramid of Giza. Archaeological exploration of the Cholula pyramid has shown that it was built from adobe in four great construction stages. By the late Post-Classic Period, the pyramid had been abandoned for so long that the Spaniards who massacred the residents of Cholula considered it a natural prominence. Great quantities of ceramics and pottery figurines have been recovered from the excavations.
Archaeologists have reconstructed one side of one of the lower segments of the Great Pyramid and dug out extensive tunnels exceeding eight km in total, through the pyramid structure. A four hundred meter long tunnel is open to the public but a walk through it can be quite a claustrophobic experience.
A climb up the path to the church is rewarded with a lovely view of the city.
The entrance to the church…
Inside the church…
A lovely view of the city from the church…
Very early in the morning, one can also catch sight of Mexico’s two most famous volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl. Cholula is the perfect place to enjoy a good view of these towering volcanoes.
You can read more about Cholula, my travel experiences there and at many other beautiful destinations in Mexico in my ebook Discovering Mexico
Click here to read the book synopsis and sample chapters and to know how you can buy a copy of my ebook.
If you’re interested in knowing all about Mexico, do check my three e-books Discovering Mexico, Mexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World and A Guide To Mexican Cuisine which are available for sale on this blog.
And now, enjoy this beautiful piece of music by André Rieu : The Blue Danube
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again 🙂