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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.

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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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