Mexico

Cancún es muy bonito. (Cancún is very beautiful).

Riviera Maya-también es muy bonito


Up next—la increíble Ciudad de México:

El Castillo, Chicken Itza, a.k.a. the Temple of Kukulcan, or sometimes Kukulkan:
Built by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries CE or AD, El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkan, the Yucatec Maya Feathered Serpent deity closely related to the god Quetzalcoatl known to the Aztecs and other central Mexican cultures of the Postclassic period.


The Templo Mayor (Main Temple) in Tenochtitlan, capital of the mighty Aztec empire, was located in the center of the city, where the most important ritual and ceremonial activities in Aztec life took place. Standing about ninety feet high, the majestic structure consisted of two stepped pyramids rising side by side on a huge platform. It dominated both the Sacred Precinct and the entire city. The twin pyramids symbolized two sacred mountains; the one on the left represented Tonacatepetl, the Hill of Sustenance, whose patron deity was Tlaloc, the ancient god of rain; the one on the right represented the Hill of Coatepec, birthplace of the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli.

The seven major building phases of the Templo Mayor began with a simple structure, dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, built in 1325 when Tenochtitlan was founded. Subsequently, the Templo Mayor grew enormously both in size and elaboration, resulting in the impressive structure seen by the Spaniards in 1519. Reconstructions and enlargements of the temple were sometimes necessary because of flooding and the unstable lakebed on which it was built. Most often, however, successive powerful rulers enhanced the temple to celebrate their own coronations, to honor the gods, and to validate the power of the Aztec empire. The most spectacular expansion of the Templo Mayor took place in the year “1 Rabbit” (1454 A.D.) under the ruler Motecuhzoma I, when impressive artworks and architectural elements were added.

Lastly—el espectacular Museo de Frida Kahlo:

La Casa Azul (The Blue House) was the place where Frida Kahlo, the most renowned Latin American artist in the world, came into this world, lived, and took her last breath. The building, which dates to 1904, was not a large-scale construction. Today it has an 800 m2 building surrounded by property measuring 1200 m2. Frida and her husband, Diego Rivera filled it with color, folk art, and pre-Hispanic pieces to show their admiration for the people and cultures of Mexico. The construction underwent two major modifications.

When Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky lived with Diego and Frida in 1937, the property today occupied by the garden was purchased. In 1946, Diego Rivera asked Juan O’Gorman to build Frida’s studio. The interior of the house has been maintained virtually intact. This was respected by the poet and the couple’s friend, Carlos Pellicer, who designed the museum display for the space after Frida’s death. Therefore, the house and its contents preserve that intimate atmosphere.

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self-portrait of Kahlo in red velvet dress

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Frida Kahlo picture

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Kahlo’s family portrait

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Frida’s father, Wilhelm Kahlo

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Kahlo’s studio

REFERENCES: Google Earth & Google Arts and Cultures

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