Tula Ruin Site Museum, Hidalgo State, Mexico
Tula Ruin Site in Hidalgo State Mexico, north of Mexico City includes a museum Jorge Acosta was the principle investigator at Tula
Tula reached its height in the year 1000 AD when it was a dominant city in Central Mexico with ties far to the south at Chichen Itza and possibly to the north as far as New Mexico in the USA.
The site shows classic Mesoamerican characteristics, with ball courts Pyramidal platforms, plazas, and altars.
Also interesting architecturally are the canal systems, drainage systems, terraces, and bridges over the Tula River. Many sculptures, polychrome sculptures and bas relief works of art decorated the buildings in ancient times.
Tula spread over a huge area where tens of thousands of people lived during the 400 years of habitation, which peaked in the year 1000 AD when Tula was the dominant city in Central Mexico.
Tula-like architecture has been found by archaeologists as far south as Chichen Itza in the Yucatan and it is not known whether this was a result of trade or subjugation.
The plan to the left shows the classic Mesoamerican city layout: ball courts, a large plaza surrounded by Pyramidal platforms centered by a low altar.
Tula would appear to have been a warlike culture judging by the monument to the warriors which occupied the highest point in the city and was once covered by a huge roof, the warrior statues being columns to support that roof. These statues now called Atlantes are thought by archaeologists to represent historic figures and one is believed to be the mysterious Topilzin Quetzalcoatl, a living god of myth and legend.
Teotihuacan ruin of Tula by frequent service Daily from Mexico City's Terminal Norte
Ovnibus runs service to Tula every 20 minutes from each day Mexico City's Terminal Norte
Tula ruin site includes a small museum
Tula Ruin Site, Getting There
Ovnibus runs service to Tula every 20 minutes each day from Mexico City's Terminal Norte
Walls of sculptures in bas relief adorn temple platforms, many with the stepped fret in Mixtec and post classic Zapotec ruins sites
style sculpture This Toltec was found at Chichen Itza
Tula Ruin Site Museum, Hidalgo State, Mexico display artifacts from the 9th Century Toltecs. The Archaeological ruin site preserves the ritual center on the pyramidal platforms devoted to the Toltec warrior culture dominant in Mesoamerica in 1000 AD.
Tula Ruin Site Museum in the city of Tula, Hidalgo State, Mexico, display artifacts from the 9th Century Toltec culture, a warrior culture that dominated Mesoamerica in 1000 AD.
Tula Ruin Site Museum, Hidalgo State, Mexico display artifacts from the 9th Century Toltec ruin site of Tula where the ritual center of pyramidal platforms devoted to the Toltec warrior culture ruled Mesoamerica in 1000 AD.
Tula Ruin Site Museum display carved stone relief of the 9th Century Toltec culture that celebrates death and the warrior culture that ruled Mesoamerica in 1000 AD.