Tula (Mexico)

Tula is a Mesoamerican archeological site, which was an important regional center which reached its height as the capital of the Toltec Empire between the fall of Teotihuacanand the rise of Tenochtitlan.

The site is located in the city of Tula de Allende in the Tula Valley, in what is now the southwest of the Mexican state of Hidalgo, northwest of Mexico City. The archeological site consists of a museum, remains of an earlier settlement called Tula Chico as well as the main ceremonial site called Tula Grande. The main attraction is the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl which is topped by four, four metre high basalt columns carved in the shape of Toltec warriors. Tula fell around 1150, but it had significant influence in the following Aztec Empire, with its history written about heavily in myth. The feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl is linked to this city, whose worship was widespread from central Mexico to Central America at the time the Spanish arrived.

Map of the archaeological site of Tula.

1. Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

2. Sculptured figures (El Coatepantli)

3. National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Many artefacts can be seen in the "Tolteca Section" of this museum. Here the link:


Last update: 27.11.2015