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Full color Tlatelolco: The temple of the paintings

Tlatelolco a todo color: El Templo de las Pinturas

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, November 2, 2015
1. Full color Tlatelolco: The temple of the paintings Marker
Inscription.
Al recorrer la Zona Arqueológica de Tlatelolco la imagen de los edificios nos puede parecer simple, pues son casi de un mismo color y únicamente podemos ver una superficie irregular y de textura áspera. Sin embargo, en su momento Tlatelolco era muy diferente. Hace cientos de años, los muros de los edificios estaban bien alineados, recubiertos por una pulida capa de estuco y decorados con vivos colores.

Este edificio fue llamado “Templo de las Pinturas” pues al momento de su descubrimiento aún conservaba pintura mural. Por la decoración de la pintura y sus elementos constructivos, se la ha considerado idéntico a lo llamados templos rojos de Tenochtitlan y de Tenayuca, que además nos muestran que fueron construidos en la misma época.

Just al sur aparece otro templo al que se ha denominado “X”, mismo que todavia esconde sus secretos, pues los arqueólogos siguen explorando.

Pie de dibujo:
Esquina sudoeste, fachada norte. Foto: Francisco González Rul.

English:
As one walks around the archeological zone of Tlatelolco the image of all the structures might seem simple, as they are almost not all the same color and only an uneven surface of a rough texture can be seen. Nevertheless, in its time Tlatelolco was very different. One hundred years ago, the building
Full color Tlatelolco: The temple of the paintings Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 2, 2015
2. Full color Tlatelolco: The temple of the paintings Marker
walls were all aligned, all covered by a layer of polished stucco and decorated with vivid colors.

This building was called “Templo de las Pinturas” (Templo of the Paintings), since at the time of its discovery it still preserved some of its mural paint. Due to painting decoration and its constructive elements, it has been considered identical to the so called “templos rojos” (red temples) of Tenochtitlan and Tenayuca, that also show us that they were built in the same period.

Just a bit south from there, another temple that is referred to as “X” still holds its secrets. Archeologists are still in the process of exploration.

English translation of caption:
Southwest corner, northern façade. Photo: Francisco González Rul.
 
Location. 19° 27.05′ N, 99° 8.239′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Distrito Federal. Click for map. The marker is at the Tlatelolco Archeological Site on Eje Central near the intersection with Avenida Ricardo Flores Magón.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tlatelolco’s great temple (“Templo Mayor”): A mirrored image of Tenochtitlan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Calendar Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); The Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); From peaceful convent to bellicose military barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Santiago Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Coyolxauhqui: The dismembered goddess (within shouting distance of this marker); Tzompantli altar (“flag of heads”) of the south. (within shouting distance of this marker); Stage 1 of the Templo Mayor de Mexico Tlatelolco (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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