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Aztec Pyramids and Sites

Guide to the Aztec Empire


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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