By: Samuel George

Facts About Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor or Great Temple is an Aztec temple recently discovered in modern Mexico City. It was built in the 14th century in honor of the Aztec God of War and God of Water. The reason the Aztecs built the temple here is because an eagle was seen perched on a cactus in fulfillment of a prophecy. Construction began on the temple around 1325 AD and was enlarged over the next two centuries. At the time of 1521 Spanish Conquest, the site was the center of religious for the city of 300,000. The temple was almost completely destroyed by the Spanish in the Conquest of Tenochtitlan and was completely lost until an Aztec carving was discovered in the heart of Mexico City in 1978. This made way for many excavations, which uncovered the ruins of Templo Mayor.