Great Temple

Avenida Seminario
Mexico City, DF - Map It
Phone: (55) 4040-5600

AAA Editor Notes

Great Temple (Templo Mayor) encompasses a city block just n. of the Zócalo; the site entrance is on Av. Seminario (M: Zócalo, line 2). The only available parking is a commercial underground garage near the Palace of Fine Arts. The Great Temple, or Teocalli, of the Aztecs was a monumental pyramid that served as a religious, political and sacrificial center. These ruins in the heart of a present-day metropolis are striking evidence of a separate civilization that flourished hundreds of years earlier. Demolished and buried by conquering Spaniards, the structure was accidentally discovered by a subway construction worker in 1978. The excavated ruins reveal successive layers of older temples, each built atop the other, and include other structures as well as a stone replica of a tzompantli, or wall of skulls. Background information in Spanish explains the origin of the different temples. Audio guides in English are available. Note: Visitors must proceed through the complex in one direction and cannot turn around and go back once inside the site. Photographs without flash are permitted.
(includes site and Great Temple Museum) 64 pesos (about $3.40 U.S.); free (ages 0-12 and to all Sun.). The fee to use a video camera is 45 pesos.
Hours: Site open Tues.-Sun. 9-5. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.