Temple of Quetzalcoatl
The Temple of Quetzalcoatl, also called the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, is a temple located in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, an ancient Mesoamerican city whose ruins are located in Mexico. The building consists of seven bodies of batter-board (talud-tablero in spanish) and was decorated with sculptures representing the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, one of the oldest and most significant deities in the Mesoamerican peoples.
Batter-board is the name of a Mesoamerican architectural style, often used in the construction of pyramids. It consists of the successive placement of a platform or board, on top of a stone wall inclined with batter form.
This temple belongs to the architecture of the Aztecs, Mesoamerica, dating back to between 150 and 200 after Christ. The Aztec civilization, of Mexico, is heir in part of the Toltec. The Toltecs were the first to use hieroglyphic writing and which contributed with the pyramidal forms of Mexican traditional buildings.
The Aztec pyramid or temple is mainly composed of a large central pyramid, consisting of several trunks of stacked pyramids. It has a large front staircase leading to a small platform that crowns the pyramid, where is the altar or techcatl, where victims were sacrificed. To this pyramid surround huge courtyards formed by low-rise terraces, and other pyramids, smaller, for secondary divinities.
In conclusion, this temple is one of the most impressive of the Aztec art. An inspiring temple, reminiscent of the Mesopotamian ziggurats, but that has nothing to envy.This temple can be visited in Mexico.