Visit 1,000-year-old Mexican city online and in a museum; Erin Blakemore; Washington Post

Mexico – Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

The pyramids and plazas of Teotihuacan were part of a powerful urban center.

More than a thousand years ago, Teotihuacan was one of Meso­america’s most powerful urban centers.

Now it’s one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, its pyramids and plazas just as impressive as they must have been then.

Teotihuacan’s time as the ancient Americas’ most densely populated city is long gone, but the city’s splendor is still alive at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, which is hosting a major exhibition on the ancient city.

“Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” takes visitors through recent archaeological discoveries, including a sculpture-packed tunnel that provides clues to the city’s significance. It also delves into the history and culture of what was once North America’s most majestic city. (It lies about 25 miles from Mexico City.)

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