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Teotihuacán was the largest-known pre-Columbian city in the Americas.
The city is located approximately 40 km (about 25 miles) northeast of Mexico City.
Teotihuacán is a Nahuatl name, traditionally translated as "city of the gods," but also translated as "city where the men became as gods." According to legend this was where the Gods gathered to plan the creation of man.

Construction of Teotihuacán commenced around 300 BC. At its height the city probably housed a population of over 150,000 people.

The city's broad central avenue, called "Avenue of the Dead", is still flanked by impressive ceremonial architecture, including the immense Pyramid of the Sun (from which the panorama was taken), the Pyramid of the Moon, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl or Temple of the Feathered Serpent, and many lesser temples and palaces.

The city was sacked and burned, possibly by the invading Toltecs, sometime during the 7th or 8th centuries.
Knowledge of the ruins of this huge city was never lost. The ruined city was a place of pilgrimage in Aztec times; it astonished visiting conquistadores; and it has been one of the most noted attractions for visitors to Mexico since the 19th century.

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