A Lavish CityMotecuhzoma II (aka Montezuma) was the final ruler at Tenochtitlan, and his lavish main courtyard covered an area measuring 200x200 meters. The area included a suite of rooms and an open courtyard; around the main palace complex could be found armories and sweat baths, kitchens, guest rooms, music rooms, horticultural gardens and game preserves. The remnants of these last are found in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City.
SourcesMore detail about Tenochitlan can be found in the article titled Aztec Culture: the Capital City of Tenochtitlan.
Smith, Michael E. and Lisa Montiel 2001 The archaeological study of empires and imperialism in pre-hispanic central Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 20(3):245-284.
Spitler, Susan 1997 Mythic homelands: Aztlan and Aztlan. Human Mosaic 31(2):34-45.
This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.