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Great Temple of Tenayuca Mendez, Israel Elizalde


The city of Tenayuca, which means "walled place", is located in the north part of the Basin of Mexico, in what is today Tlanepantla de Baz in Mexico State. According to the Xolotl Codex, it was built around the year 1200 CE. However, based on the archaeological excavations carried out during the 20th century, an occupation from the 9th century has been documented. Its most important building is the Great Temple, with its distinctive double staircase that leads to two shrines, similar to the Mexica's "Huei teocalli" (Great Temple) of Tenochtitlan. Several archaeological excavations have uncovered mural paintings, sculptures, and human burials.

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