Aztec Calendar’s Plaque

In the corner that today conform the National Palace and the double buildings of the Government of the capital, an spectacular monument of indigenous manufacture was found.

It was the Stone of the Sun or Aztec Calendar that immediately attracted the attention of the archbishop of the city who ordered the Virrey to have the piece show its magnificent trace in one of the towers of the newly built Metropolitan Cathedral.

From the end of the Colony until the end of the 19th century, the Stone of the Sun saw history passing in the west tower of the Cathedral looking towards the streets of Tacuba and Cinco de Mayo, until President Porfirio Díaz, understanding that this was a prehispanic monument of greater symbolism asked that it be deployed to be central part of the National Museum.

A plaque placed in comparatively recent times in the Poniente tower of the Metropolitan Cathedral gives account of these passages.

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