The Great Pyramid of Cholula is also known as Tlachihualtepetl (Nahuatl
for "made-by-hand mountain").
It is the largest pyramid by volume known to
The pyramid stands 55 metres above the surrounding plain, and in its
final form it
measured 450 by 450 metres.
is a temple that traditionally has been viewed as having been dedicated
to the god Quetzalcoatl.
The architectural style of the building was
linked closely to that of Teotihuacan.
I went to Cholua, about 15km from Puebla, on a half-day trip during my
Central American trip in April-May 2019.
a distance the pyramid looks like a natural hill
topped by a church.
Vanessa was my guide for this half-day tour.
She spoke limited English, but did her best to help me with
the aid of a Spanish translation app on her phone.
It was a steady climb to the top
Excavations show how the pyramid was constructed
Sadly, later residents have built a church on top of the pyramid
A view of Popocatépetl Volcano from the top of
Nora, a fellow passenger on this half-day tour, loved my
pictures of Australian animals
Templo de Santa María Tonantzintla church in