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Great Pyramids of Cholula

I visited different pyramids in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico during September 2010 while visiting my friend Tadeusz Majewski who was living then on Universidad Las Americas Puebla’s campus. I met Tadek in 1965 while we were both doing our Ph. D. thesis at the Polytechnic University of Warsaw. Tadek was working in the Aerodynamics Department and I was working with Prof. Janush Ciborowski in the Chemical Engineering Department.


The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl (Nahuatl for "artificial mountain"), is a huge complex located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. It is the largest archaeological site of a pyramid (temple) in the New World. The pyramid stands 55 meters (180 ft.) above the surrounding plain, and in its final form it measured 400 by 400 meters (1,300 by 1,300 ft.). The pyramid is a temple that has traditionally been viewed as having been dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. The architectural style of the building was closely linked to that of Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico, although influence from the Gulf Coast is also evident, especially from El Tajín.



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