Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Nov 2012: Visiting the abode of the feathered serpent and praying to the sun

After the obsidian factory visit, we then drove to the Pyramids.

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And there’s the pyramid..

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We stop on the side of the road

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Its a great day…blue skies with some little cotton ball clouds.

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Looking down the pyramids

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Some of the side temples?

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There are quite a lot of people already here.

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A repeater station on top of the mountain

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Peeking through the fence

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The place is surrounded by this chain mail fence

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Another view of the pyramid before we jump back into the van and off

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The tickets are bought

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Some lovely flowers on the way

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That’s where we were…taking the photos

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Walking towards the first temple. This is the temple of Quetzalcoatl or the Plumed Serpent. This was built around 150-200AD.

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Huffed and puffed up to the first level and this vista opens up, a huge square, really huge square, with a platform in the middle.

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Zooming into the temple of the feathered serpent.

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We come down into the courtyard, its such a huge place.

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One gets tired just looking at it..each side was at least 500 meters to a side.

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Then in the middle you had these sun ceremonies

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I got into it as well, lol

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And watching some kids climb down

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On this central platform, I spotted some red ants…hello there little ones.  

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People looking down at us..

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I climb up and then I can see down at the plumed serpents..Loads of sacrificial victims were found buried around the pyramid.

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The heads were very amazing.

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And then the staircase..

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the other side of the pyramid

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Good heavens, the complex extends to the other side as well, this is massive

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Pyramid of the Sun

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Another view with the clouds shadowing on the mountain

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See what the courtyard looks like? huge huge huge

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Move over to the other side

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Beautiful sea shells

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the heads are great. But see here as to how it actually might have looked in its heyday…this is what I saw at the Museum of Anthropology.

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Man o Man..very very steep stairs..i can see taking a huge tumble 

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People selling various bits and bobs, this was a bed sheet with the sun stone on it

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The usual tourist pap on the way out…next stop the palace compound.

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