The pyramid of the ancient Aztec tribes was discovered in a huge mound, on top of which the conquistadors installed their church.
The Cholula pyramid is located on the site of one of the most important cities of the Aztec empire – Tenochtitlan. The population of the city exceeded 100,000 people. The city was so important and sacred that the Aztecs built pyramids there for almost every day of the year, reports Arkeonews.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula is considered the largest monument ever built on Earth. Its base is four times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The height of Cholula, which the locals call Tlachihualtepetl (artificial mountain), is about 66 meters high and 450 meters wide. Archaeologists believe that the mysterious complex was built around 300 BC, but so far they have not been able to determine who exactly built it.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula is a 2,400-year-old man-made structure located in Mexico that was narrowly overlooked by the Spanish army during their 1519 invasion.
In 1519, the Spaniard Hernán Cortes and his men entered the city and massacred more than 10% of the population, and built a tiny church on top of the pyramid.
The pyramid, by the way, boasts the longest stay of people in any building, which was facilitated by its Spanish church cap. Some believe that this was done on purpose to preserve the history of the building. Before the Spanish conquest, it was an important shrine dedicated to the worship of the mountains and the god of rain.
Currently, the city has regained its pyramid, which can be viewed through many kilometers of tunnels built at the beginning of the 20th century. Nearly 500 years after the colonial conquest, the city is facing a new threat: tourists.
In fact, Cholula is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Mexico and attracts hundreds of thousands of people during the annual festival.
According to legend, when the conquistadors arrived, the locals covered the valuable temple with their own soil. Although it could have happened by accident. This is due to the fact that the largest pyramid in the world is made of clay.