Mural painting at Teotihuacan

Two millennia ago, Teotihuacan began to write its history. And maybe because there are more questions than answers about this unique city, thousand of travelers from all over the world come  to visit this archaeological site, located just 40 kilometers northest to Mexico City. Visitors not only climb the pyramids or walk its ancient, magnificent roads, but they want to know how the people used to live here.

While the Avenue of the Dead (Calzada de los Muertos), the Sun and Moon pyramids, and the Citadel complex tell us that Teotihuacan was a monumental city, there are other spaces that reveal the lifestyle of its inhabitants in a more intimately and eloquently way.

Teotihuacan Architecture
Mural Painting at Teotihuacan.

To discover those spaces, you need to walk beyond the busy Avenue of the Dead through Teotihuacan residential areas: Tetitla Atetelco, Yayahuala and Zacahuala, close gates 1 and 2. Tepantitla another residential área is located near to Gate 4.

There you can see the rooms and backyards, the trace of its streets and organization of their neighborhoods. A certified guide can explain you the details of a common day in Teotihuacan, from its effective hydraulic systems to the social graces in public areas.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this spaces in Teotihuacan is the mural painting in its walls. Archaeologists have worked on them many years, and now we can go deep into the Teotihuacans world view and their exquisite sense of art through this awesome frescoes.

Teotihuacan mural painting is the counterpart of his monumental pyramids. You can appreciate a captivating color harmony and a complex language in their delicate features.

There are some mural paintings, such as in the Quetzalpapálotl palace within the archaeological site. However, it is in their residential areas that Teotihuacan artists show a very natural elegance. The theme of the frescoes is essentially religious, with a strong presence of nature elements. Those are talking about the gods’ attributes and the life’s origin. They also explain the underworld’s concept and how to get to it after death.

There have been a lot of research and studies about the Teotihuacan mural painting. It is considered that almost the whole city was painted. The predominant color could be red, but the color range was wide: blue, yellow, ocher, green …

Tepantitla, a residential area in Teotihuacan
Prehispanic Mural Painting atTepantitla, Teotihuacán.

When you imagine Teotihuacan covered with mural painting, well, you can imagine why the aztecs called this city “where the gods were born”. Even when the city was abandoned and looted when they passed by, it surely looked stunnig, surrounded by a green landscape.

Now you know it: Teotihuacan is not only the grandeur of its buildings, but also the delicacy of its mural painting, just like the two faces of a coin. Teotihuacan mural painting is so fantastic that there is a museum focused on it at the archaeological site. Do not forget to visit it when you come to the “city where the gods were born”.

 

 

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