All of Cacaxtla’s paintings (and visitors) are shielded from the sun and rain by a 118,500-square-foot suspended metal roof, which the INAH claims is  the second largest of its kind, right after the one protecting the Terracotta Warriors in China .

All of Cacaxtla’s paintings (and visitors) are shielded from the sun and rain by a 118,500-square-foot suspended metal roof, which the INAH claims is the second largest of its kind, right after the one protecting the Terracotta Warriors in China.

  View over the top of the   Gran Basamento  after climbing the stairs .

View over the top of the Gran Basamento after climbing the stairs.

  View over the top of the   Gran Basamento.

View over the top of the Gran Basamento.

  The Venus Temple that is also located underneath the roof contains two murals on two columns of two figures. On the right column, there is a male figure with a mask covering his face. He wears a skirt with the Venus symbol on the front and has a scorpion tail. On the left, a fragment of the other figure is visible, probably representing a woman with a skirt also bearing a Venus symbol.

The Venus Temple that is also located underneath the roof contains two murals on two columns of two figures. On the right column, there is a male figure with a mask covering his face. He wears a skirt with the Venus symbol on the front and has a scorpion tail. On the left, a fragment of the other figure is visible, probably representing a woman with a skirt also bearing a Venus symbol.

  The Mural del Templo Rojo is located at the Governors' Room (Las Habitactiones de los Gobernantes). It is located in the staircase leading to the room, and only one side is visible to the public.

The Mural del Templo Rojo is located at the Governors' Room (Las Habitactiones de los Gobernantes). It is located in the staircase leading to the room, and only one side is visible to the public.

 The Governors's Room. On the lower level, apparent Maya influence is notable in the striking  latticework , which is a perforated wall that affords a view from one living space into another.

The Governors's Room. On the lower level, apparent Maya influence is notable in the striking latticework, which is a perforated wall that affords a view from one living space into another.

 One of the important aspects of the architecture of he Great Platform is the great number of pillars, whose remains are still visible.  These were decorated with murals and reliefs in clay and stucco.

One of the important aspects of the architecture of he Great Platform is the great number of pillars, whose remains are still visible.  These were decorated with murals and reliefs in clay and stucco.

 The most famous of Cacaxtla's preserved paintings is the "Battle Mural", or Mural de la batalla, located in the northern plaza of the basamento. It is placed on the sloping limestone wall of a temple base and is split in two by a central staircase.

The most famous of Cacaxtla's preserved paintings is the "Battle Mural", or Mural de la batalla, located in the northern plaza of the basamento. It is placed on the sloping limestone wall of a temple base and is split in two by a central staircase.

 It depicts two groups of warriors locked in battle: on the one side are jaguar warriors, armed with spears, obsidian knives, and round shields, who are locked in battle with an army of bird warriors.

It depicts two groups of warriors locked in battle: on the one side are jaguar warriors, armed with spears, obsidian knives, and round shields, who are locked in battle with an army of bird warriors.

 It depicts two groups of warriors locked in battle: on the one side are jaguar warriors, armed with spears, obsidian knives, and round shields, who are locked in battle with an army of bird warriors.

It depicts two groups of warriors locked in battle: on the one side are jaguar warriors, armed with spears, obsidian knives, and round shields, who are locked in battle with an army of bird warriors.

 Priestly Attire (Vestidos de Sacerdotes). The bird man is associated with Quetzalcoatl, the generous deity who taught people the arts and agriculture.

Priestly Attire (Vestidos de Sacerdotes). The bird man is associated with Quetzalcoatl, the generous deity who taught people the arts and agriculture.

 Priestly Attire (Vestidos de Sacerdotes). The feline man is associated with the rains that fertilize the earth.

Priestly Attire (Vestidos de Sacerdotes). The feline man is associated with the rains that fertilize the earth.

  Cacaxtla conserves the oldest mural painting featuring a human figure and symbols from other cultures (Teotihuacan, Maya, Mixtec and Totonaca). These paintings portray the bird man and the feline man, possibly ruler - priests of the Olmecs Xicalancas who inhabited Cacaxtla between the years 600 and 900 AD. 

Cacaxtla conserves the oldest mural painting featuring a human figure and symbols from other cultures (Teotihuacan, Maya, Mixtec and Totonaca). These paintings portray the bird man and the feline man, possibly ruler - priests of the Olmecs Xicalancas who inhabited Cacaxtla between the years 600 and 900 AD. 

  View over the top of the   Gran Basamento  from the North.

View over the top of the Gran Basamento from the North.

  The 118,500-square-foot suspended metal roof.

The 118,500-square-foot suspended metal roof.