Fast Facts

Location: Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
Dates: Begun in 2nd century BC
Time to Visit: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Monday- Sunday)
Admission fee: $4
How to Reach: You will follow Morelos towards 14 Oriente from the Zokalo and the pyramid will overlook you.
Nearest International Airport: Mexico City International Airport
Nearest railway station: Cholsey and Moulsford railway station

It is not on the top of the Pyramid that the most sacred spot of the Cholula Pyramid lies, it is in the bottom. The tunnels below the Great Pyramid of Cholula were the most sacred pilgrimage for the indigenous people of Mexico, the Anahuac people. The Church on the top was a later construction and hides a gruesome history behind it.

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the site of one of the most treacherous massacres of the colonizers. Spanish conquistadors killed nearly 10 thousand unarmed indigenous Anahuc people of Mexico in a bid to control their most sacred site. The church that now surmounts the pyramid is a testimony to that victory: for glory or shame, it is for you to decide. However, history has preserved a large part of this immense structure, the most voluminous of all pyramids ever built by human hands, giving a chance to scholars and visitors to reconstruct the past.

If you are planning to visit Puebla, take the chance to visit San Andres Cholula and the marvelous Great Pyramid of Cholula, a place where the majesty of Mexico’s magnificent cultural past may be admired to the fullest. The Great Pyramid of Cholula or Tlachihualtepetl which was built from the 2nd century BC to the early 16th century in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico and dedicated to the deity Quetzalcoatl, is the world’s largest Pre-Columbian pyramid by volume.

What to See

At first sight, the Great Pyramid looks like a verdant hill which is crowned by a church, called Nuestra Senora de Los Remedios. But if you climb the unreformed pyramid beside it, you will watch the geometric framework of the original structure rising from the ground in four levels. From this perspective, you will also get a glimpse at El Popocatepetl, the grand snow-capped volcano which distinguishes this valley from the valley of Mexico.

Archaeologists have rebuilt one side of one of the lower sections of the pyramid and have excavated some 5 miles of tunnels into the pyramid, which the travelers are free to explore. Among the artifacts discovered by archaeologists at Cholula includes a 165-foot long multicolored mural presenting life-sized human figures. Dating from the Classic period, the mural has been named as “The Drunkards”- the scene is one of drinking and inebriation. The liquid portrayed in the mural may not be alcohol, but a hallucinogenic potion brewed from mushrooms or even peyote.

Related Links : To feel the grandeur of the Great Pyramid of Cholula and see the various attractive sites of the architectural site, watch this video!

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