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El Tajín, Pre-Hispanic City
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 9th-13th centur
Date of Inscription: 1982
Location: North America, Mexico, Etat de Veracruz, municipalité de Papantla
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Description: At its height from the early 9th to the early 13th century, El Tajin is situated in the state of Veracruz. After the fall of the Teotihuacan Empire, it grew to be north-east Mesoamerica’s main centre. It held a great cultural influence all along the Gulf and even within the Maya region and central Mexico’s high plateau. Within Mesoamerica its architecture is unique; distinguished by intricate engraved reliefs on the columns and frieze. The 'Pyramid of the Niches', which is considered a masterpiece among ancient Mexican and American architecture, uncovers the astronomical and symbolic implication of the buildings. The still standing El Tajin is a marvelously illustrates the grandeur and importance of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  El Tajín is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site near the present-day city of Papantla, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It was the major site of the Classic Veracruz culture and one of the largest cities in western Mesoamerica during the Classic era. Tajín means city or place of thunder in the Totonac language, and is believed to have been one of the names for the Totonac god of thunder, lightning and rain. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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