Thursday, 19 October 2017

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire

The de Young Museum is hosting the exhibit “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire,” which premiered Sept. 30th. More than 200 artifacts are featured, some never displayed before. Teotihuacan was established in the first century BC. By the fifth century it had evolved into an important urban center and multicultural metropolis, becoming the largest city in the Western Hemisphere. The so-called “City of the Gods” is estimated to contain 100,000 people at it's peak. Around 550 CE, the city was destroyed by fire.
900 years after its destruction, the Aztecs made their way into a ghost city in the northeastern part of the Valley of Mexico. There, the Aztecs considered Teotihuacan to be the city where the gods brought the world into existence.

Teotihuacan means the place where men become gods.