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Teotihuacan is home to some of the largest ancient pyramids in the world

The City of the Gods, is an archeological site 40 km northeast of Mexico City. Náhuatl for “the place where men became gods”, according to legend, it was here where the gods gathered to plan the creation of man.

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Teotihuacan was the largest Pre-Columbian city in the Americas, reaching a total population of 150,000 at its height. The name is also used to refer to the civilization this city dominated, which at its greatest extent included most of Mesoamerica. Construction of Teotihuacán commenced around 300 BC, with the Pyramid of the Sun built by 150 BC. 150–450 AD. It is said that the descendents of this city abandoned this city and relocated in Tenochtitlan because it was thought to be a more sacred location.

The city of Teotihuacán is an enormous archaeological site containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preservedmurals. Additionally, Teotihuacan produced a thin orange pottery style that spread through Mesoamerica.

The city is thought to have been established around 100 BC and continued to be built until about 250 AD. The city may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries AD. At its zenith, perhaps in the first half of the 1st millennium AD, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population of perhaps 125,000 or more, placing it among the largest cities of the world in this period. Teotihuacan was even home to multi-floor apartment compounds built to accommodate this large population. Evidence of Teotihuacano presence can be seen at numerous sites in Veracruzand the Maya region. The Aztecs may have been influenced by this city.

The city and the archaeological site are located in what is now the San Juan Teotihuacán municipality in the State of México, Mexico, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Mexico City. The site covers a total surface area of 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico.

A lot of artifacts have been moved to National Anthropological Museum, in Mexico City.

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