The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
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Architecture Puzzler #465
Three of the most interesting archeological sites in Central and South America are the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon near Mexico City, Tikal in Guatemala, and Machu Picchu in Peru. I have visited them all, and while each is spectacular in its own way, my personal favorites, in order, are Machu Picchu, Tikal, then the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. This is not the order in which they were constructed, however. Which is the oldest and which is the youngest site?
The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan, Mexico, are by far the oldest, with the construction of the Pyramid of the Sun around 100 A.D. Tikal was constructed by the Maya in Guatemala about 800 A.D., while the beautiful Inca construction at Machu Picchu occurred around 1450 A.D.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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The ruins of Machu Picchu near Cuzco, Peru.
Photo: Mark Vincent Rudd/ Artifice Images