Museo del Templo Mayor (Main Temple Museum)
A historic and archaeological exhibition of the remains of the great empire created by the Aztecs... Highly interesting.
The ancient cult to the gods Huitzilopochtli and Tláloc.
in Mexico, during the 14th and 15th centuries and until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, the great empire of the Mexicas or Aztecs grew. They had their capital in the city of Tenochtitlan, nowadays Mexico City. In the city there was the Main Temple, the largest structure in the city and economic, political and religious centre of their civilisation. Today, the museum that bears its name, inaugurated in 1987, keeps and exhibits the archaeological material that has been found during decades of work in the area, thousands of objects that help us to understand more about Aztec culture. The museum's building has been constructed following the Templo Mayor's plan, so it has two main sections, one devoted to the cult of Huitzilopochtli (war god) and another one for Tláloc (rain god). In its eight rooms are represented the main traits of this civilisation: rituals and sacrifices, commerce, their expansion routes, the taxes they demanded from other nations... In short, a full tour by this ancient civilisation, although the most important archaeological artefacts are in the Museo de Antropología e Historia (Museum of Anthropology and History). Located beside the metropolitan Cathedral, it is open from Tuesday to Sunday and its website offers an interesting virtual visit. (http://aztlan.inah.gob.mx:8080/teopantli/)