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Enormous Temple Found in Mexico City

April 6, 2006 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

A huge pyramid has been discovered under two feet of dirt on a hill in Mexico City. The 1500-year-old structure is as big as the Pyramid of the Moon, in nearby Teotihuacan, with a height of 60 feet and four sides that are each 500 feet long.

The hillside, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of town, has its own modern religious significance, since it's been used since 1833 to stage reenactments of Christ's crucifixion. Sounds like a party, right?

The National Institute of Anthropology and History will not be digging up the entire site because of the reenactments. A spokesman for the institute stated that "both the pre-Hispanic structure and the Holy Week rituals are part of our cultural legacy, so we have to look for a way to protect both cultural values." For the moment, that means no digging.

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