We left Puebla on Tuesday the 4th and headed out to Cholula, about a half hour from the center of Puebla. Unlike Puebla, though, it was developed long before colonization and is the site of one of the largest pyramids in the world. It was built about 1,500 – 2,000 years ago – about the same time as Monte Alban, near Oaxaca, and Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, was built.
Evidently, the population splintered and largely abandoned the site in about 800 AD, about the same time that the original builders of both Monte Alban and Teotihuacan also disbanded. When the Spanish arrived in early 1500, the remains of the pyramid were still used as a religious site by the community now living there. As the Spanish often did, they co-opted the locals’ religious site as their own and built a church on top using some of the rock from the pyramid.
Other than the remains of the pyramid, there is not a whole lot going on in Cholula – but we managed to find some interesting tid-bits.
Next stop…..Mexico City