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The archaeological ruins of Tula are located in the Mexican state of Hildalgo near the community of Tula de Allende or simply Tula, about 50 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. Tula is considered to be the candidate for Tollan, the legendary capital of the Toltec Empire, which was founded in about 750 A.D. when the Teotihuacan empire was in the process of falling apart...Between about 900 A.D. and 1,100 A.D. during the height of Tula's power, it covered an area of some five square miles, with a population of perhaps as high as 60,000. Tula's environment included a reedy marsh with adjacent hills and slopes. Within this varied landscape environment there are hundreds of mounds and terraces, representing residential structures in a well planned city, with alleys, passageways, and paved streets...The old city of Tula had a great historical relevance in Mesoamerica, and it constitutes an important link in the chain of civilizations of the Central Altiplano. Founded after Teotihuacán was destroyed, it is known nowadays by its main pyramid, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, or temple of the morning star, on whose top the Telamons of Tula stand. 4.6 meter high statues, representing Toltec gods, they are believed to be the columns of a wooden roof the temple had.You can go up this pyramid to observe the telamons closely, and appreciate the whole archeological complex. It is worth mentioning that only some of the statues have resisted the blows of time, so several of them have been rebuilt.
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