• INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
    INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
  • INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
    INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
  • INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
    INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
  • INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
    INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
  • INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
    INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
Teopanzolco
The old temple
Engulfed in the urban sprawl of present-day Cuernavaca, and originally inhabited possibly by Tlahuicas, when the Mexica dominated the region they built new palaces, temples and houses. The principal pyramid survives, surmounted by two temples, one dedicated to Tlaloc and the other to Huitzilopochtli.
About the site
The first inhabitants of this place were the so-called Tlahuica, who had settled in the western part of Morelos by 1200 AD. This complex of buildings dedicated to the cult of the gods was arranged around a great plaza. Rising up from the plinths and platforms were temples and other important constructions. We now know that the layout of these structures was different in an earlier occupation, before the great plaza existed.

The architecture of Teopanzolco is closely linked to the style of Mexica buildings. The layout and nature of the main constructions are also very similar to those found in the sacred area of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan. Moreover, the gods worshipped here were the same as those of the Mexica, such as Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc, Tezcatlipoca and Ehecatl.

Teopanzolco lost its importance with the growth in political and religious power of the former Cuauhnahuac, now the city of Cuernavaca. In 1427, these lands came under the dominion of the Mexica of the Triple Alliance and its inhabitants were forced to pay tribute, which mostly consisted of large quantities of cotton blankets.

The large base of Teopanzolco, with its two temples on top, is the only example of Postclassic architecture of this kind preserved in Morelos.
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INAH-FN. ca. 1940
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INAH-FN. ca. 1960
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INAH-FN. ca. 1960
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INAH-FN. ca. 1957
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INAH-FN. ca. 1963-07
1200 - 1521

Posclásico Tardío
1200 - 1521

Posclásico Tardío

Did you know...
  • The Marquesado del Valle Codex, a sixteenth-century document, mentions a boundary adjoining a place called Teopanzolco. We don't know if it refers to this ancient pre-Hispanic settlement, known at the end of the nineteenth century as El Mogote (The Hill).
  • The inhabitants of Teopanzolco performed group human sacrifices, after which they deposited the remains (together with the offerings) inside pits located within the lower platforms.
Practical information
Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00 hrs. Maximum capacity 120 people

$55.00 pesos


  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entrance for Mexican senior citizens
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
Se localiza dentro de la ciudad de Cuernavaca.

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Subdirector administrativo del Centro INAH Morelos
Salvador Castro Gómez
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Teopanzolco
Structures
Teopanzolco
1751
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INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
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INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
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INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
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INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Teopanzolco
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INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
Altiplano Central
Rodeado por la mancha urbana de la actual Cuernavaca, y poblado en sus inicios posiblemente por tlahuicas, cuando los mexicas dominaron la región construyeron nuevos palacios, templos y casas habitación. Sobrevive la pirámide principal, que culmina con dos templos, uno dedicado a Tláloc y el otro a Huitzilopochtli.
Engulfed in the urban sprawl of present-day Cuernavaca, and originally inhabited possibly by Tlahuicas, when the Mexica dominated the region they built new palaces, temples and houses. The principal pyramid survives, surmounted by two temples, one dedicated to Tlaloc and the other to Huitzilopochtli.
En el templo viejo
The old temple

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