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Published: August 21st 2009
Cholula is a city only a few miles up the road from Puebla, and an interesting place to visit for many reasons. At one time it was one of the largest native cities in Mexico, with great pyramids and vast development. After Spanish colonization, a Catholic church was built on top of the great pyramid!
When we arrived we walked though the town and saw other churches. We had tamales at a little shop for breakfast and stopped to check our email and do a little online research for our trip. Here we felt an earth quake, but didn't hear about it until later in the day.
We visited the archaeological site, first walking through the tunnels of the pyramid, then up the stairs and "hill" to the church. It seemed strange to me that the small yellow church on top of this enormous mountain of a pyramid seemed to draw so much more attention than the archaeological sites themselves. The gift shop sold typical Mexican Catholic prayer cards, and many visitors ignored the excavations below. Colonialism here in Mexico has certainly made an interesting impact on life!
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