El Tajin is an archaeological site in Veracruz State ,Mexico, north of the port city of Veracruz and near the towns of Poza Rica and Papantla

The site of El Tajin is located at 20*28’N, 97*28’W   and is aligned North/South'

El Tajin Ruin site is now in a Totonac culture area but researchers believe that the original builders  of El Tajin were Huasatec people who started construction in 100 AD

Notable buildings at the El Tajin ruin site complex include the Pyramid of the Niches, reportedly constructed as a calendar with 365 niches built into a pyramidal shaped building in 600 AD.
The culture flourished from 600 AD to 1100 AD  ending in 1150 AD

At El Tajin 17 ball courts have been discovered so far.  They are I shaped courts with many of them having depictions of ritual blood letting and piercing of the penis carved into the stone walls.
El Tajin Ruin Site covers 500 htrs  and it is believed that during the height of its prominence, 30,000 inhabitants lived in the area of El Tajin.
There is a Museum at the site.
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El Tajin's Pyramid of the Niches: A Stone Calendar Building Constructed in 600 AD
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El Tajin Ruin Site Veracruz State, Mexico
El Tajin's Pyramid of the Niches
El Tajin as it would have looked with a stucco covering on the walls and floors and red painted walls.
El Tajin's most notable building the Pyramid of the Niches reportedly has a niche for each day
El Tajin's ball courts have richly carved stones depicting ritual body piercing including the piercing of the penis.
El Tajin's other notable feature is the  ball court. So far 17 have been found and several have detailed sculptures of ritual practices.
El Tajin Can be reached by bus from Poza Rica or Papantla
El Tajin Ruin Site is in Veracruz, State of Mexico. El Tajin archaeological site is north of the port city of  Veracruz and near the towns of Poza Rica and Papantla. El Tajin Ruin site is now in a Totonac culture area
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El Tajin's buildings and ballcourts are adorned with carved stones depicting ritual sacrifice and body piercing.
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