About Teotihuacan in Mexico
The ancient city of Teotihuacan is just 30 miles north of Mexico City, and
is the country's most visited ruin. It is one of the world's most important archeological
Teotihuacan was once home to a quarter of a million people. Who they were or
when they lived, nobody knows for sure - the place was already in ruins by the time the
Aztecs came along in the fourteenth century - but they left behind a complex of pyramids and
temples that covers an area of more than eight square miles.
Today, Teotihuacan is the most popular tourist attraction in Mexico and
visitors flock from all over the world to see what remains of a city that, at one time, was the
most important on the American continent.
1,500 years ago Teotihuacan was one of the world's largest cities. As in
Western Europe the Roman Empire collapsed under the weight of invasion by Goths and Vandals, as
major roads fell into ruin and cities emptied of people, in Mexico there flourished a
metropolis of villas and palaces.
The city enjoyed running water and a network of sewers and was graced by
avenues stretching for several kilometres. Its population is estimated at 175,000 people.
Teotihuacan is most famous for its 63-metres-high Pyramid of the Sun and 46-
metres-high Pyramid of the Moon which has long been a mecca for tourists.
Pyramid of the Moon
Pyramid of the Sun