3 Things About the Great Pyramid of Cholula

By Lupita Franco Peimbert, researched with #AI

One of the most interesting places to visit in the State of Puebla is the Pyramid of Cholula, called Tlalchihualtepetl. A pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archeological site, it is as mysterious as amazing. Here are 3 things that make it special:

  • The Great Pyramid in Cholula is the largest pyramid in the world, with a base four times larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The pyramid is estimated to cover an area of more than 4 hectares, or 10 acres.
  • The pyramid was built in several stages over a period of about 1,000 years, starting in the 3rd century BCE. The original structure was a rectangular temple dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, but successive civilizations built new layers on top of the existing ones, creating a massive pyramid.
  • Today, the pyramid is partially covered in vegetation and is located within the city of Cholula. A church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, was built on top of the pyramid by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.

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