Palazzo delle Esposizioni: Teotihuacan – City of the Gods (until February 27th, 2011)

Avenue of the Dead
WhatTeotihuacan: The City of the Gods
WherePalazzo delle Esposizioni – Via Nazionale, 194 Rome, Italy
WhenUntil February 27th 2011

Palazzo delle Esposizioni: Teotihuacan – City of the Gods (until February 27th, 2011)

Since there are other civilizations than the Roman one, a visitor to the Eternal City with some time on his hands could do worse than checking out the exhibition dedicated to Teotihuacan, until February 27th, 2011, hosted in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

Teotihuacan is a pre-Columbian civilization that flourished from the 2nd to the 7th century AD, before the Aztecs took over. Now it is an enormous archeological site in the Basin of Mexico, known for its large pyramidal structures and its residential complexes.

Avenue of the Dead

Other attractions Teotihuacan is famous for are the Avenue of the Dead (see photo, by Margaret Freeman), the numerous colourful and well-preserved murals that can be admired and its typical, thin orange pottery.

The city of Teotihuacan itself got its name, which means “Birthplace of the Gods”, only later, from the Aztecs.

The exhibition in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni consists of more than 300 artefacts, including monumental sculptures, onyx reliefs, terracotta vases and braziers and much more. The objects testify to the highly developed artistry and culture of the people of Teotihuacan, as well as giving an interesting insight into their religious beliefs and everyday customs.

The admission fee is 12,50 Euros and this includes a visit to the other exhibitions in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Children pay 10 Euros.

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