“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Colonia Tlatelolco in Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Valley of Mexico (The Central Highlands)

Superimposed altars

Altares sobrepuestos

Superimposed altars Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, November 2, 2015
1. Superimposed altars Marker
Durante la época prehispánica estos altares de barrio eran llamados momztli, donde el pueblo dejaba ofrendas a los dioses. En cada ampliación del Recinto Ceremonial se volvían a construir sus templos y altares, por ello vemos uno debajo y otro sobrepuesto de igual forma.

Los dos altares fueron construidos durante el gobierno de Cuauhtlatoa. El primero fue construido entre los años 1427 y 1434 y el segundo se construyó en el año 1554.

En su interior se localizaron ofrendas compuesta de sahumadores, objetos de madera semejantes a mástiles y diversas objetos de cerámica.

Pie de dibujos:
Mástil de madera localizada al interior del Altar. Foto: Eduardo Contreras G.

Ofrendas localizadas sobre los altares sobrepuestos. Foto: Francisco González Rul

During pre-Hispanic times these neighborhood altars were called momoztli, where the town would leave offerings to their gods. Each time these ceremonial enclosures were extended new temples and altars were built again, that is why the altars can be seen one on top of each other.

The two altars were built
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during the reign of Cuauhtlatoa. The first one was constructed between the years 1427 and 1434 and the second one was built in 1554.

In its interior, offerings were made up of censers, wooden objects in pole shapes and different ceramic objects were found here.

English translation of captions:
Wooden pole located inside the altar. Photo: Eduardo Contreras G.

Offerings located on top of the superimposed altar. Photo: Francisco González Rul
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1427.
Location. 19° 27.045′ N, 99° 8.269′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de México. It is in Colonia Tlatelolco. The marker is at the Tlatelolco Archeological Site on Eje Central near the intersection with Avenida Ricardo Flores Magón. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de México 06900, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tzompantli altar (“flag of heads”) of the south. (here, next to this marker); The Tlatelolco Lovers (a few steps from this marker); Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl: attracting rain and fertility (a few steps from this marker); Tlatelolco: a well-planned city (within shouting distance of this marker); The Southern Plaza of the Sanctuary (within shouting distance
Superimposed altars Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, November 2, 2015
2. Superimposed altars Marker
The altars described in the text can be seen in the background.
of this marker); The Calendar Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); The Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Tlatelolco’s great temple (“Templo Mayor”): A mirrored image of Tenochtitlan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de México.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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