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Published: December 30th 2009
Our next stop was Teotihuacan - the site of the pyramids left by an ancient culture that nobody knows much about. As we knew the site gets hot and crowded in the middle of the day we chose to stay overnight in the small town by the ruins so we could visit in the afternoon. Maytal was exhausted and so was I, and as I had been in the pyramids before as a tour guide, the boys ventured there on their own. Here is their account and pictures.
Amit: “Did you know that the Pyramid of the Sun is the 3d highest pyramid in the world? First we climbed the Pyramid of the Moon like mountain goats. Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun was an amazing experience! It was like being in the royal family long ago, going to pray for the sun. Later we met my mom in a restaurant which had a great playground, we were very sad to leave it”.
Shakked: “ The city of Teotihuacan was long ago destroyed by a fire - no archeologist knows why. We went to see it, it was amazing. Ancient temples cast their shadow over you as you walked along
the long dusty dirt road. Two pyramids, one on each end of the road loomed above you. The Sun Pyramid, the larger one, was probably used for private royal ceremonies The moon pyramid’s purpose was probably the opposite - presumably it was used for public ceremonies. Both were immense but looked very different. The sun was bigger as I said but also, well the only word to describe it is plainer. It looked as tough a child had taken 4 enormous building blocks and stacked them on top of each other, each block getting smaller as the child went up. The moon pyramid was in my opinion more beautiful, it looked like a sculptor had taken an ordinary block of stone and carved intricate patterns of stone blocks into it. The steps to both of them were so steep and widely spaced that we had to take them, as Amit put it, “mountain goat style”, using our hands as well as our feet. The view from the tops of the pyramids was amazing”.
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