TULA is the ancient capital city of the Toltecs. The Toltec civilization dominated central Mexico from around 980 until the city was destroyed at some time between 1168 or 1179.
The city was the largest in central Mexico in the 9th and 10th centuries, covering an area of some 12 km² with a population of at least some 30,000, possibly significantly more.
Distinctive Toltec features here include terraced pyramids, colonnaded buildings, and relief sculptures, including the characteristic chacmools, reclining figures that may have been avatars of the rain god, Tlaloc. There are also two large courts for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame.
The site was extensively looted in Aztec times, with much of the artwork and sculpture carted off.
THIS PICTURE shows one of the four Atlantes. These are 4.6m tall stone warriors. Together with other columns these warriors probably once cupported an ornate roof. They crown the Pyramid of the Morning Star, and that's: of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, if my Toltec spelling doesn't fail me.
A pretty impressive place, we thought.
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Bluejeans (64251) 2010-09-09 5:24
Beleza esta estátua de pedra deste povo Toltecs, gostei muito dos detalhes , boa escolha pelo preto e branco deu dramatismo ao lugar , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
bukitgolfb301 (44821) 2010-09-09 7:53
Hello my dear Benny
Good atmosphere which some gousts appear.
B&w description makes much good and impressive image.
Waiting for further masterpiece.
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
iainsp (3296) 2010-09-09 10:05
A grat shot of Tula - and the B&W works really well - accentuating the drama of the clouds. I like the way you have shot the Atlante from behind (but without giving the cheesy buttock shot that a lot of photographs focus on). One gets the impression of an atlante looking out on its realm.
Thanks for sharing this one, a great shot, Iain
marietom (34609) 2010-09-09 10:08
Superbe composition minimaliste, avec un beau noir et blanc.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-09-10 15:40
Le Mexique en noir et blanc, c'est assez étonnant pour un pays si coloré. Ce choix renforce la présence de cette oeuvre typique d'un passé lointain. Une photo bien réalisée, et très intéressante.
Angshu (56760) 2010-09-14 21:02
Impressive sculpture Benny, of the stone warrior...for some reason reminded me of the wooden statues in Tintin's Broken Ear! perhaps Herge got inspiration seeing these statues?! Against the clouds & in B&W, this looks great! A good note as well, my friend!
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20253)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-07-23
- Categories: Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/4, 1/4000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Mexico 2010
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-09 4:49