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Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco’s Stones

Take a close look at the stones of the Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco, and you’ll notice they reveal episodes from Mexico’s past. The 16th-century church was constructed with material from the destroyed pyramids of Tlatelolco. The pilfered stones were not randomly placed.

At the rear of the temple is a stone with the petroglyph of a deity. Many archaeologists agree that it is Tlaloc, the god of rain. Some propose that the stone was placed there by the indigenous people themselves, so when they were praying in the temple, they would actually be praying to Tlaloc behind the atrium. In front of the facade, there’s also a spiral-like design. The left side of the temple’s facade contains some stones carved with Spanish words. You can see names like “Ines” and “Juan.”



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