The teachers were on strike and the main square was closed off so we were unable to see the Palace or the Museum of Fine Arts. and I really don't see myself going again. Mexico - yes definitely but I can happily pass on the capital.
So it was on to Cholula and the largest pyramid in the world ( by volume at least). It was a reasonably long drive but the scenery was amazing.
The legend goes that she was a princess who fell in love with one of her father's warriors, Popocatépetl. The emperor sent Popocatépetl to war in Oaxaca promising him her as his wife when he returned. Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, Iztaccíhuatl was told he had been killed in battle and died of grief. Popocatépetl returns safely to find her dead. He carries her body to a place near Tenochtitlan where the gods covered them in snow and transformed them both into mountains.
In his anger and grief Popocatépetl became a volcano spewing out fire on the earth .
So on to Cholula itself.
The invading Spaniards sought to re-purpose the pry amid and the church on top is dedicated to "Our Lady of Remedies"
One of the altars. These were normally outside the temple so that the people could participate. Only nobility and priests were allowed in the temple buildings on top of the giant pyramids.
Unlike the Egyptians who built a new edifice for each pharaoh , the common practice amongst the meso-americans was to simply build over the existing pyramid to make to broader and taller. This would be repeated many times and has meant that a lot of the older archaeology has been preserved.
This is some of the earlier building now uncovered.
and the grasshoppers?