Aztec capital (Templo Mayor=main temple). The tops of all later temples are gone but the earliest temple, shown here, was found completely preserved. Note double temple on top of platform, one to each main deity. Statue in front -- reclining human - called a chacmool, may be location of sacrifice. (Original teaching slide code: RL-19)
Aztec capital (Templo Mayor=main temple). The Templo Mayor was constructed of a long series of temples one on top of the other, this is view of bases of temples (the successive stairways). (Original teaching slide code: RL-18)
Aztec capital (Templo Mayor=main temple). Templo Mayor is in the middle of downtown Mexico City, right next to the main colonial Spanish cathedral (in background), which was built from stone ripped from Aztec structures (foreground). (Original teaching slide code: RL-17)
Malinalco, inside monolithic temple. Looking toward back wall of the temple; sculptured eagle in center of floor, sculptured jaguar skin on bench at back. Photographer standing on monolithic serpent tongue which provides ‘carpet’ as one enters the doorway
Monolithic temple: trickling down a narrow channel in the stairway on the right hand side of the temple is a faint stream of water which flows into a trough, not evident in the picture. Matlatzinca, Malinalco, Mexico.