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The Citadel and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl
Teotihuacan's Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Temple of Quetzalcoatl

© Suzanne Barbezat
The Citadel was the center of the city of Teotihuacan, but it is the southernmost point of the area open to visitors today. While visiting the site, keep in mind that the actual city of Teotihuacan extended over 12 square miles (20 km) and was intensely populated.

The Citadel is a large open space with temples surrounding it that was probably used for ceremonies. Walk across the square and climb the steps on the opposite side to view the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent). The photo here shows the decoration on the facade of this building: alternating heads of the serpent and another figure, sometimes called Tlaloc (the Aztec rain god). The building is also decorated with snails and shells, symbols of water.

Next stop on your tour of Teotihuacan: the Avenue of the Dead.

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