Photographer's Note

This is a shot of the "Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios" (Church of our Lady of the Remedies) in Cholula. This church was build on what seems to be a hill, but is really an ancient Aztec pyramid. As a matter of fact, some of the ruins can be seen on the base of the "hill" and you can do a visit inside part of the pyramid (I didn't do it because I'm claustrophobic). I liked the colors of this church, which is one of the many existing in Cholula. The tour guide told us that there was a church on each corner in Cholula, because Spaniards build a church each time they found a pre-Columbian temple.

Some data I found in internet, on the church:

"The church is a major Catholic pilgrimage destination, and the site is also used for the celebration of indigenous rites. Many ancient sites in South America are found under modern Catholic holy sites, due to the practice of the church attempting to meld their beliefs with the natives.

Because of the historic and religious significance of the church, which is a designated colonial monument, the pyramid as a whole has not been excavated and restored, as have the smaller but better-known pyramids at Teotihuacán. Inside the pyramid are some five miles (8 km) of tunnels excavated by archeologists."

And on the pyramid:

"The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the world's largest monument and largest Pre-Columbian pyramid by volume.

The temple-pyramid complex was built over many generations, from the 2nd century BC to the early 16th century, and was dedicated to the deity Quetzalcoatl. It has a base of 450 by 450 m (1476x1476 ft) and a height of 66 m (217 ft). According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is in fact the largest pyramid as well as the largest monument ever constructed anywhere in the world, with a total volume estimated at 4.45 million m³, almost one third larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. (The Giza pyramid is higher, however.) The Aztecs believed that Xelhua built the Great Pyramid of Cholula."

If you want to visit Cholula, there are day tours from Ciudad de Mexico which visit thsi city as well as Puebla on the same day.

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