If you are looking for a country to spend a marvelous vacation
full of impressions, Mexico is a sure choice. You will be amazed by its exotic nature, spectacular sea views, rich history and fine culture. Most of the cities were built either in the times of the Indians or during Spanish colonization, so each of them bears a trace of glorious past. Indigenous traditions and crafts, ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, splendid colonial architecture and colorful Mexico holidays will stun even the most experienced traveler. One of the places you definitely have to visit on your trip around the country is the legendary site of Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl.
A place where history still lives
Situated just outside the state of Tlaxcala, Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl were important public spot for the ancient Maya. A large, impressive palace decorated with colorful murals performed in iconic Maya style was associated with a ceremonial building located nearby. The sites flourished between 650 and 900 AD being large cultural and trade centers. Today, it is a spectacular set of ruins
astonishing visitors with majestic architecture and rich ornamentation.
In the middle of Cacaxtla lies a 25 meter high, 200 meter long natural platform where the city’s key structures were built. Around it, you can see a few tinier temples and pyramids. Because Gran Basamento was only excavated in the 80’s, most of the ancient murals have survived and still shine just like millennia before. Here are some of the greatest attractions of this amazing tourist destination.
Sights to check out
• Battle Mural
The most widely known Cacaxtla’s painting, this mural portrays two armies fighting each other
. The victorious jaguar soldiers are depicted in shiny armor, while their opponents, the bird soldiers, are undressed and scared, obviously losing the combat.
• Priestly Attire
The place also boasts the oldest mural portraying a figure of a man complete with symbols from different cultures. There are images Quetzalcoatl (a bird-shaped god who taught Indians how to grow crops and introduced them to arts) and the feline deity (representing rains that give life to crops).
• Venus Temple
This marvelous structure is famous by two columns with murals depicting two people. The first figure is a man with a scorpion tail
, wearing a mask and a skirt decorated with a symbol of Venus. The other column represents a female silhouette, also in a skirt adorned with religious images. The ensemble is supposedly related to an important astronomical event or Mexican holiday dedicated to the planet Venus.
Whether you plan to spend holidays in Mexico
or going on a brief trip, Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl are undoubtedly worth visiting! Drop by at this glorious ancient site and explore the relics of long by-gone times where traces of different cultures are so intricately blended into one marvelous architectural ensemble.