Top 10 Most Amazing Pyramids in Mexico

El Tajin Pyramid of the Niches
El Tajin Pyramid of the Niches

Mexico is considered to be the land of monuments, temples, pyramids, and architecture. The artwork found in Mexico can’t be found anywhere else. Here are some of the most astonishing pyramids in Mexico. 

Pyramids in Mexico

1. Pyramid of the Moon: Second-largest pyramid

One of the unique structures of pyramids located just outside Mexico City is the Pyramid of the Moon. This monument includes 6-7 stages and was created between 1to 350 A.D. Archaeologists consider it the second-largest monument in Mexico City and the topmost stage of the pyramid is the altar for the goddess of Teotihuacan.

This pyramid was considered a sacred place and was used as a temple where the rituals were performed. The sacrifice of humans and animals was performed as a part of a ritual and an archeologist also found a human skeleton there. This discovery further led to the discovery of many tools and objects which were used in performing this ritual. 

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Pyramid of the Moon Second-largest pyramid
Pyramid of the Moon Second-largest pyramid

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2. Coba: Nohoch Mul Pyramid

Between the floras of Manyan Jungle, a settlement of Coba is present. One of the important pyramids of the Mayan civilization called the Nohoch Mul Pyramid is present in the lost city of Coba. Having a height of 137 feet, Nohoch Mul Pyramid has earned the position of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. With nearly 120 stairs, bright lakes and vegetation, and various food stalls outside the 7 leveled pyramids having round corners, the adventure to this pyramid are best preferred in the morning time. 

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Coba Nohoch Mul Pyramid
Coba Nohoch Mul Pyramid

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3. Calakmul: The Great Pyramid

The unbelievable, ancient, powerful, and far-off city in Mexico is Calakmul. Built-in 250 AD, the Maya power ruled Calakmul which fell down in 900 AD. The whole city was turned into ruins which included great pyramids, temples, and many other buildings. The largest building of the Mayan period which was the tallest pyramid present in Yucatan called The Great Pyramid was also ruined. Again this city came into existence in 1931, now it’s a deep jungle with hot weather. 

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Calakmul The Great Pyramid
Calakmul The Great Pyramid

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4. El Tajin: Pyramid of the Niches

Present in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the pyramid of Niches was a great religious site for residents of El Tajin. Constructed between 1100 and 1150 CE, the Pyramid of the Niches was made of sandstone. Having 6 layers with a height of 3 meters each and placed over 36 meters square pedestal, the Pyramid of the Niches was 18 meters high.

Even though the power of El Tajin declined but still people believed in and respected the Pyramid of the Niches and decided to preserve this site from Spanish officials. But in 1785, it was discovered and several projects were started to discover the Pyramid of the Niches and many other new buildings. 

El Tajin Pyramid of the Niches
El Tajin Pyramid of the Niches

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5. Uxmal: Pyramid of the Magician

Included in World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Uxmal was a prevalent Maya city of Mexico. Growing up between 6-10 centuries, Uxmal was rich in architectural buildings with Puuc design, curved doors, and beautiful decorations and the Pyramid of Magician was one of them.

This oval-shaped pyramid was built between 6 to10 centuries and has three levels. With round corners, a vertical stairway toward West and a low steep stairway towards East, The Pyramid of Magician was one of the most unique and beautiful architectural structures of Uxmal city. 

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Uxmal Pyramid of the Magician
Uxmal Pyramid of the Magician

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6. Pyramid of the Sun: The Sister Pyramid

Built in 200 AD, with 216 feet in length and a ground area of 730 by 760 feet, the Pyramid of the Sun got renowned as the third largest pyramid in the history of the world. Constructed by the residents of Teotihuacan, this pyramid is a home for 100000 people. Some people believe this pyramid to be constructed in honor of the sun and was a major site of worshipping at that time. Built with lime plaster and covered with red color, the plasters, and the colors have been ruined to a great extent. 

Pyramid of the Sun The Sister Pyramid
Pyramid of the Sun The Sister Pyramid

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7. Chichen Itza: The Temple of Kukulkan

Included in World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Chichen Itza is included of the new wonders of the world. The pyramids, courts, temples, and beauty of Chichen Itza make it more beautiful and attract more and more tourists. Built-in Puuc style by limestone, Chichen Itza was so rich in architecture that it was a major source of information about the traditions and cultures of the Mayan people.

The Temple of Kukulkan was one of the major pyramids constructed in the honor of Venus planet and the god Kukulkan who had a great devotion among the people.  Kukulkan pyramid also renowned as El Castillo was having two small pyramids with a total height of 30 meters. 

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Chichen Itza The Temple of Kukulkan
Chichen Itza The Temple of Kukulkan

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8. Palenque: Pyramids of the Inscriptions

Built in 683 CE for keeping a beautiful emerald coffin for King Pakal, the Pyramids of the Inscriptions were located in the Palenque. Pyramids of the Inscriptions were renowned mainly because the history of Palenque was imprinted on the walls there and was also used as a burial ground by the people. With nine layers and 69 contracted and vertical steps, and 5 doorways, the Pyramids of the Inscriptions were 27 meters high 60 meters in width and 42 meters in depth. A beautiful roof along with a hilly background adds beauty to the pyramid. 

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Palenque Pyramids of the Inscriptions
Palenque Pyramids of the Inscriptions

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9. Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

Located on the North Eastern side of Mexico City has some of the most famous pyramids and monuments. One of them is the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl which is also known as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The temple is known for its beauty and the fine-looking walls and stones engraved added elegance to the temple. People of Mesoamerica worshipped the Quetzalcoatl god and by time worship of Quetzalcoatl became well-known and extensive. 

Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl
Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

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10. La Venta: Great Pyramid of La Venta

Build in around 900 B.C, La Venta is one of Mexico’s oldest pyramids and is sited in Tabasco State. Actually, at that time it was a small island rich in vegetation, agriculture, and marine sources. Along with this, La Venta was known for a wide no of sculptures, and tombs that went underground. Surprisingly, this monument is not built of stone rather clay is used. Actually, it was rectangular but with time due to clay it got softened and changed its shape into a round hill. 

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La Venta Great Pyramid of La Venta
La Venta Great Pyramid of La Venta

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