Temple of the Feathered Serpent



The Temple of the Feathered Serpent has fine stylized depictions of that deity in a style which includes apparent influences of Teotihuacan and Maya art. It has been speculated that Xochicalco may have had a community of artists from other parts of Mesoamerica. Excavations were conducted by Leopoldo Batres from 1908 to 1910, when the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent was restored

Pre-Columbian site in western Morelos, Mexico. The site and region were occupied continuously from c. 900 BC, but are known especially for the Late-Classic-period (c. AD 600-c. 900) occupation, when an urban and ceremonial centre with monumental architecture was built around and on the artificially terraced hills. The Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent comprises a Talud–tablero type of platform supporting the three sloping walls of an open-fronted chamber. The talud is faced with andesite slabs carved in relief , and the structure’s name derives from the eight undulating figures of feathered serpents, forming frames for carved glyphs with both Maya and Southern Highland Zapotec calendrical figures, and seated personages wearing Maya-style headdresses.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Xochicalco

  • Temple of the Feathered Serpent

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Ruins

  • Architecture

  • Temples

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Late Classic

  • Mesoamerican

Place of Creation
  • +18.803889-99.295917

  • Xochicalco Pyramid (Xochicalco, Morelos, Mexico): 38 km southwest of Cuernavaca

  • Xochicalco

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

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