Pyramids, rectangles, squares, triangles, and even flying cornices, all found within the Pyramid of the Niches, the primary structure of El Tajin near Papantla, Mexico. Constructed around 600 to 1200 C.E., El Tajin was one of the most important cities of Mesoamerica due to its location along the ancient trade routes. El Tajin was abandoned in the mid 1200’s and essentially disappeared into the jungle for 600 years until it was rediscovered in the mid 1800s.
El Tajin means “Place of Thunder and Lightning” in the ancient Totonac language. And even though it was “lost” to civilization for centuries, the local Totonacs always knew of its existence and considered it a sacred spiritual site. It is one of the most mystical places I’ve ever been to.
The Pyramid of the Niches contains exactly 365 niches – matching the number of days in a solar year. El Tajin was named a World Heritage Site in 1992 for its historical significance, architecture, and engineering.