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Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Valley of Mexico (The Central Highlands)
 

The Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 12, 2018
1. The Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan Marker
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El Recinto Sagrado de Mexico-Tenochtitlan
El recinto sagrado de Mexico-Tenochtitlan concentraba los edificios de mayor relevancia político-religiosa; este espacio sagrado estaba delimitado del resto de la ciudad por una plataforma, con cuatro accesos, de 460 por 430 metros.

En este espacio se congregaban los mexicas para presenciar ceremonias religiosas y acontecimientos políticos. De acuerdo con las fuentes históricas el recinto contaba con 78 templos, algunos hallados en las excavaciones arqueológicas; sobresalía entre ellos el Templo Mayor o Huey Teocalli, con sus dos capillas dedicadas a los dioses Tláloc y Huitzilopochtl.

La disposición arquitectónica y espacial de los edificios seguía un estricto plan cosmogónico, pues el recinto sagrado replicaba al universo mismo.

English:
The Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan
The most important political-religious buildings were clustered in the Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan. A wide 460 by 430 meter platform with four entrances surrounded this sacred space.

In this space, the Mexicas congregated to
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 12, 2018
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witness religious ceremonies and political events. According to historical sources, the precinct had seventy-eight temples in its interior, some uncovered by archaeological excavations. The most outstanding was the Great Temple or Huey Teocalli with its two shrines dedicated to the gods Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli.

The architectural and spatial arrangement of the buildings adhered to a strict cosmological plan, for the sacred precinct replicated the universe itself.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans.
 
Location. 19° 26.089′ N, 99° 7.923′ W. Marker is in Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México. Marker is on Unnamed street just south of República de Guatemala, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México 06000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pedestrian Bridge over the Templo Mayor (a few steps from this marker); The City of Tenochtitlan (a few steps from this marker); The Basin of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker); Cuauhtémoc's Last Message (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Antonio Marquez G. (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ignacio Luis Vallarta
The Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 12, 2018
3. The Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan
This map shows how the sacred area of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, appeared prior to 1521 as described in the marker text. It is oriented with the top of the photo towards the east.
(about 90 meters away); Temple of Our Lady of the Pillar (about 120 meters away); House of Luis de Castilla (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centro Histórico.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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