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Key Info

Seminario 8

Price & Hours

70 pesos (about $4) for adults; free for kids 12 and younger
Tues-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Before Spanish colonization, Templo Mayor served as the religious center for the Aztec people. When Spanish Conquerors arrived in the late 14th century, the temple was among many that weredestroyed and built over. It wasn't until 1978 that the temple dedicated to the Aztec gods Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc (gods of war and water) was unearthed in the heart of Mexico City. Today, the area remains an active archeological site and the adjoining museum houses more than 7,000 artifacts from the site. 

Recent visitors said it's fascinating to see the ancient ruins that are tucked away in the center of the city. Many said it's worth spending in the museum as well, but the site and scale can't match up to the massive Museo Nacional de Antropología. Still, the whole complex has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Mexico City's most popular attractions. 

You'll find the Templo Mayor and its museum located one block northwest of the Zócalo metro station. The museum and ruins are open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs 70 pesos (about $4) for adults and is free for children and senior citizens. You can save money by visiting on Sundays when admission is free. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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