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El Tajín is located in the northern area of Veracruz, near the city of Papantla. This important political and religious center of the Gulf region was founded in the year IV e. c., and reached its peak between 800 and 1200 e. c.
The urban layout of this sacred city for the Totonacs was planned to define a landscape in which spaces and heights were distributed according to social groups of different strata; as the dominant class, the peasant and the artisans dedicated to trade who exchanged their products in the markets.
Most of the ruins are aligned on an axis that goes from north to south. It is estimated that there are more than 150 buildings of which only 20 have been restored. There are several ball courts, of which two, the south and central, are decorated with inscriptions on their walls that show the rituals of the game.
Here, in a large esplanade, you will be able to witness the ritual of the Voladores de Papantla, who will welcome you to the magnificent archaeological site. When visiting do not forget to visit the site museum, which houses extraordinary sculptural pieces and relevant information about the ancient Tajín. As the fact that the ceremonial centers and buildings of political order had around him minor constructions where the population lived.
The great city of Tajín maintained its economy through agriculture, commerce and the exchange of products and services of the people who lived around it. It was the political center of the area and as ruler had the "13 rabbit" who was also considered the incarnation of Quetzalcoatl, god who was venerated by its inhabitants. This god can be observed repeatedly in the painting, architecture and sculpture of the area.
Do not miss the Pyramid of the Niches, the main symbol of the area. With its 25 meters high and 365 niches representing the days of the solar calendar, it is a construction that you will want to observe again and again, to remember all its beautiful details.
One of the most enigmatic aspects of the Tajín is that the city has not finished being discovered, since under large mounds of earth there are visible signs of other constructions. Nowadays, the exploration and preservation of the place continues, a situation that has allowed a greater boom to this important archaeological site, a World Heritage Site and an exceptional testimony of the greatness of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico.
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