The holy city of Teotihuacan (the place where the gods were created) is situated some 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD, it is characterised by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out using geometric and symbolic principles. As one of the most powerful cultural centres in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region, and even beyond. The enormous Pyramid of the Sun, which marks the centre of the city, is readily visible in this high-resolution image. A ceremonial platform is adjacent. The Pyramid of the Sun is the world’s third largest pyramid; its huge size evident by comparison with the neighbouring settlement. The Street of the Dead runs from south to north in front of the pyramid and ends at the Pyramid of the Moon.
The image was taken on 14 March 2008 by the Quickbird satellite and has a resolution of 0.6 metres. It covers an area of five by ten kilometres.
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