Old Buildings

I will get back to the Mexican mosaics, but at the end of our summer travels, I notice that we had been visiting progressively older buildings. So we saw, in reverse chronological order:

The Cathedral in the Zocalo, the main square of Mexico City …

Cathedral in the Zocalo, Mexico City

Cathedral in the Zocalo, Mexico City

… Just around the corner, the remains of the Aztec Templo Major …

Statues at Templo Mayor

Statues at Templo Mayor

… then two days later an hour’s drive to the north, the pyramids and city of Teotihuacan, which rose and then was abandoned centuries before the Aztecs …

Sun Pyramid and other Teotihuacan buildings, from the Moon Pyramid

Sun Pyramid and other Teotihuacan buildings, from the Moon Pyramid

… and the next month, in Athens, far older and needing no explanation …

Acropolis, from our hotel

Acropolis, from our hotel

Alright, some explanation: after arriving in Athens in the middle of Sunday and spending the afternoon at the Acropolis Museum (where all the statues and marbles are, except the ones that the British borrowed), we learnt that the Acropolis itself closes early on Sundays, before we arrived in town. We decided that the view is anyway better at sunset from the rooftop bar of our hotel. (The Hotel Plaka, if you are interested.)

Here is one last amazing view from Athens, from the entrance to the subway station as we headed towards the airport and home:

Athens street view

Athens street view

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