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Aztec Pyramids and Sites

Guide to the Aztec Empire

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Wall of warrior skulls, Templo Mayor, Mexico City

Wall of warrior skulls, Templo Mayor, Mexico City

Kate McCarthy

Important Archaeological Sites of the Aztec Empire

Tenochtitlan - Capital city of the Mexica, founded in 1325 on a swampy island in the middle of Lake Texcoco; now underneath the city of Mexico city

Tlatelolco - Sister city of Tenochtitlan, known for its huge market.

Azcapotzalco - Capital of the Tepanecs, captured by the Mexica and added to the Aztec hegemony at the end of the Tepanec War

Cuauhnahuac - Modern day Cuernavaca, Morelos. Established by Tlahuica ca AD 1140, captured by Mexica in 1438.

Malinalco - Rock cut temple built ca 1495-1501.

Guiengola - Zapotec city on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca state, allied with the Aztecs by marriage

Xaltocan, in Tlaxcala north of Mexico City, founded on a floating island

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