- Type: Pyramids and Tombs
NileGuide Expert Says:
This is a magical place, and it's just the first stage of the visit, you still have so much more to visit within the Pyramid.
NileGuide Expert tip:
The only restrooms on the site are at the beginning of the outside visit, (once you're out of the tunnels) so unless you want to walk the whole site up and down many times, go there if you feel like going. Trust me!
- This is the first step in when you visit the Great Pyramid
Cholula was, in pre-Hispanic times, a large city and a very important religious center for the Toltecs. The Great Quetzalcoatl Pyramid was the most important building and is considered the world's largest monument with 4.45 million cubic meters, and was named after the god Quetzalcoatl (the Quetzal is a bird and Coatl means serpent, so the god's name means feathered serpent), one of the most important in this culture, this is why all along the visit you'll find many signals of him.
According to the legend, when Cholula heard the Spanish were on their way, they covered the Great Pyramid with dirt and vegetation to save it. But according to some experts, the pyramid had been in fact abandoned for a while, so by the time the Spanish conquered Cholula, they thought it was a natural hill. Whatever the real story is, that is the reason why at first glance the Great Pyramid looks like a hill crowned by a church.
You can visit inside the pyramid, something not that common in México. But if you are claustrophobic you may want to start after the tunnels, and just visit the outside pyramids.
After you visit the Pyramid, go to the church on top of the pyramid for amazing views of the city, the archeological site and, of course, to visit the beautiful Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.
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