Obelisk Art History
Ancient World

Teotihuacan Culture
City of Water & Fire

Teotihuacan Culture, Ancient World

Every twenty days, the priests of Moctezuma II would leave their temples in the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan, and travel 50 kilometers northeast to the sacred ruins of the long-dead city Teotihuacán — the City of the Gods.

Teotihuacán had been built more than 1000 years before the rise of the Aztec empire, and before its collapse in 550 CE was home to around 125,000 people, making it one of the six largest cities in the world at the time. Teotihuacán was sacred to the Aztec, and to historians it is many things — a puzzle, a culture, and strikingly elegant, organized city that in many ways mirrors contemporary urban life.

Read More
Disk of Mictlantecuhtli, Teotihuacan Culture

Disk of Mictlantecuhtli 1 – 600CE

Chalchiuhtlicue Monolith, Teotihuacan Culture

Chalchiuhtlicue Monolith 1 – 650CE

Greenstone Mask, Teotihuacan Culture

Greenstone Mask 200 – 700CE

Costumed Figure, Teotihuacan Culture

Costumed Figure 600 – 800CE

Affiliate Links
Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, Recommended Reading

Gorgeous color printing and in-depth essays make this a definitive exploration of the majestic Teotihuacan civilization—and one of the most beautiful books in my library

amazon ↗
Next Movement
Classical India, Ancient World

Classical India

The largest economy in the world for 1500 years

230BCE – 550CE

By continuing to browse Obelisk you agree to our Cookie Policy