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Tlachihualtépetl Pyramid

Cholula

Pirámide Tlachihualtépetl, which is the sacred symbol of Cholula, boasts the largest pyramid base in the world. The arrival of colonization led to the construction of the Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios (the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies), located at the top of this pyramid which, due to its size, was believed to be a mountain and was not completely buried, due to said confusion.

Archaeologists and historians argue that each side of the base could measure up to 1476 feet, making it four times larger than the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. In recent years, a number of intercommunicating tunnels have been found inside, however, due to the size and architectural complexity of the structure, it has not been possible to explore further down, where there are said to be many more.

It is possible to explore parts of these tunnels, as a 984-foot section is open to the public. The 15-minute walk is not suitable if you suffer from claustrophobia, since the further you go, the narrower the passage becomes, and as it is a one-way passage, it will be almost impossible for you to turn back.

One thing is for sure, you will be amazed by the pyramid, both inside and outside. Yet again, the contrasts will be hard to believe; if you were able observe it from up above, you would get a postcard showing an extremely green mountainside, with a church at the top, and a pyramid that refused to disappear, resting within the shelter of a town which has become modernized without forfeiting its essence.
Pirámide Tlachihualtépetl, which is the sacred symbol of Cholula, boasts the largest pyramid base in the world. The arrival of colonization led to the construction of the Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios (the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies), located at the top of this pyramid which, due to its size, was believed to be a mountain and was not completely buried, due to said confusion.

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Archaeologists and historians argue that each side of the base could measure up to 1476 feet, making it four times larger than the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. In recent years, a number of intercommunicating tunnels have been found inside, however, due to the size and architectural complexity of the structure, it has not been possible to explore further down, where there are said to be many more.

It is possible to explore parts of these tunnels, as a 984-foot section is open to the public. The 15-minute walk is not suitable if you suffer from claustrophobia, since the further you go, the narrower the passage becomes, and as it is a one-way passage, it will be almost impossible for you to turn back.

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