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Aztec Templo Mayor
Another beautiful build from my buddy Keith, such a fun idea for a MOC, enjoy!
About this creation

Aztec Templo Mayor

The seventh incarnation of the great temple of the Aztec in Tenochtitlan was dedicated with the blood of thousands of human sacrifices. The temple dominated the Sacred District of the city, rising some 150 feet over the central square. The pyramid hosts two separate temples, the red temple dedicated to Huiztilopochtli (the god of war, the sun, and human sacrifice) and the blue temple to Tlaloc (the god of water, fertility, and agriculture). The power of the Aztec empire radiated outward from the temple, and the city itself, to dominate central Mexico through a system of subjugated tributary states from 1325 until shortly after the arrival of the Spanish in 1519.

The Spanish destroyed the Templo Mayor in 1521 and constructed a church next to its ruins. The remains of the great temple, buried for centuries beneath central Mexico City, weren't fully excavated until the 1980s. Today, the remains of the temple can be visited at the Templo Mayor Museum, just off of the central square (Zocolo) of Mexico City near the Metropolitan Cathedral.





























And the inspirational picture of a model of the temple.




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About the build:

I generally tried to stay true to the recreated model of the last version of the temple as it is shown in the Templo Mayor Museum, though of course there were some limitations. I had to put a few extra notches in the railings of the stairs because I couldn't make the stairs any steeper than they are without it looking absurd. I added my own flourish of including two altars of skulls atop the smaller buildings at the base of the pyramid; the altar of skulls is also a real Aztec structure, but it wasn't located there. The circular disk on top of the pyramid between the temples is my very poor man's version of the famous Aztec stone of the sun...Lego isn't ideal for making very tiny and intricate stone carvings I'm afraid.

The human sacrifice ritual in the build is also entirely my own design and probably not very accurate - it's supposed to show a couple of high priests, one in a very flashy skull & bones throne, and a couple of jaguar warriors performing the rite on the poor captive. Digital designer thankfully included a heart piece which one of them could present, dripping with blood, to the priest. Hope you enjoy!


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I made it 
  June 2, 2017
Quoting James Y. Excellent digital recreation.
Thanks James, I'm sure Keith will be stoked that he got a like after so much time :)
 I like it 
  June 1, 2017
Excellent digital recreation.
 I made it 
  April 6, 2017
Quoting Luis Garcia Any instructions available outside of ldd? I can't seem to get ldd working on my devices. This build is amazing and would like to build it myself!
Hello Luis, sorry to hear LDD won't work for you! I'm sad to say that I know of no other way to get the instructions... but feel free to suggest alternate methods!
  April 2, 2017
Any instructions available outside of ldd? I can't seem to get ldd working on my devices. This build is amazing and would like to build it myself!
 I made it 
  December 16, 2015
Thanks!
Quoting Cheryl P Nicely done.
 I made it 
  December 16, 2015
Get out of here! That's awesome!
Quoting Pablo Vader I live in Tenochtitlan :D
 I like it 
  December 16, 2015
Nicely done.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2015
I live in Tenochtitlan :D
 I made it 
  November 12, 2015
Cool, thanks for the tip!!
Quoting Subic Vedran Very nice pyramid. I like colors of both tempels. You can check how I did round calendar on my MOC.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2015
Very nice pyramid. I like colors of both tempels. You can check how I did round calendar on my MOC.
 I made it 
  November 10, 2015
Yeah haha, it would be a monster to build. Awesome you've seen the ruins, I haven't personally but I hope to someday. And I'm sure he'll appreciate the positive feedback!
Quoting Nils O. Wow, that's a great project! I've seen the remains of the original (not so much left there) and the model in the museum. Keith's LDD model is getting really close. It looks like a pain to build it with real bricks, though :-)) Anyway, great job! :-))
 I like it 
  November 10, 2015
Wow, that's a great project! I've seen the remains of the original (not so much left there) and the model in the museum. Keith's LDD model is getting really close. It looks like a pain to build it with real bricks, though :-)) Anyway, great job! :-))
 I made it 
  November 8, 2015
Thanks guys, my friend will love all the positive comments!!
 I like it 
  November 8, 2015
Wow, I did not know that you're doing well excellent digital models.
 I like it 
  November 7, 2015
Massive! I like the patterns in the top towers.
Doug Hughes
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Kain .
  November 6, 2015
Very nice
 I like it 
  November 6, 2015
Love the scale and colors! Its inspiring too.
 
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