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Ruins of an Aztec Pyramid

 
 
Ruins of an Aztec Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 11, 2018
1. Ruins of an Aztec Pyramid Marker
This is probably one of the most badly damaged tile markers still left in Mexico City.
Inscription.  

Ruinas del gran Teocalli que sirvieron para la construcción de la primitiva catedral en 1526.
Dirección de monumentos coloniales y de la República.

English translation:
The ruins of an enormous Aztec pyramid sirved as the construction materials of the first, primitive cathedral here in 1526.
Office of Monuments of the Colony and the Republic.
 
Erected by Dirección de Monumentos Coloniales y de la República.
 
Location. 19° 26.026′ N, 99° 8.019′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker is at the intersection of Plaza de la Constitución and Calle Monte de la Piedad, on the right when traveling west on Plaza de la Constitución. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 06000, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Main Chapels of the Cathedral of Mexico City (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument to Enrico Martínez (within shouting distance of this
Ruins of an Aztec Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 11, 2018
2. Ruins of an Aztec Pyramid Marker
This marker is very difficult to find as it is placed low along the stone portion of the fence around the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. Also, traditionally it is common for day laborers to sit next to the fence as they wait for work (as in the photo) so it is possible that it may be blocked from view.
marker); Cuauhtémoc (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Residence of Moctezuma (within shouting distance of this marker); Palace of Axayacatl (within shouting distance of this marker); Salón Peter Gay (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Café del Cazador (about 90 meters away); Juan Ignacio María de Castorena y Ursua (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
Regarding Ruins of an Aztec Pyramid. The wording on the marker is not clear, but it relates a simple historical fact: the Aztec pyramids, temples and other buildings in the center of Mexico City were mostly torn down and their stones used to build Catholic churches and houses for the Spanish conquistadors.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionColonial EraMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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