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Santa Cecilia-Acatitlan

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The archeological monument of culture chichimeca Santa Cecilia-Acatitlan sometimes called simply Acatitlan, which translated to one of the Aztec languages means "place among the reeds".

Chichimeca were a nomadic people, their civilization lasted until 1519. They lived in the North of modern Mexico. The ruins of this town are located in the village of Santa Cecilia, in the state of Mexico, near the capital. In ancient times Acatitlan was on the North-West coast of lake Texcoco, which once was located at the altitude of 2239 meters. Over time, the lake shoaled considerably.

Cultural center of the nation chichimeca was closely associated with another city, no less - Tenayuca, he was their political and religious center. Soon both cities were conquered by the Aztecs. Under the leadership of Tenochtitlan they existed prior to the arrival of Spanish conquerors in 1521. Later Acatitlan almost razed to the ground by the Spaniards in search of stone for construction of Christian churches.

This ceremonial center was discovered in 1924, and in 1961 here at the site has been opened archaeological Museum. It consists of five small cells, where you can see the exhibits, however, it's dark enough, and the main hall with artifacts.

Here is the ancient Church Parokya, it is dated 17th century. In the churchyard was found the base of the pyramid. In 1962 it was reconstructed with the help found here ancient stones. Historians suggest that the pyramid was erected in honor of Huitzilopochtli - the sun God, and Tlaloc the God of rain.