The Aztec Stone of the Sun

The murmurs of awe and astonishment grew louder as the dust and fragments cleared to reveal a wonder hidden for centuries:  the Aztec Stone of the Sun, also known as the Aztec Calendar Stone.  The majestic sculpture is approximately 12 feet (3.7 m) in diameter and weighs 24 tons.  The stone was uncovered in Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City, while repairing Mexico City Cathedral. Spanish conquistadors and clergy often built their churches directly over destroyed native American temples. The content of the stone is still debated by scholars; Aztec mythology and cosmology  were complex, and the 15th century Spanish invaders obliterated knowledge of Aztec religion and culture. The stone is now housed in Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology, a modern wonder in itself.  Please visit to view more of Mexico’s sophisticated cultural heritage.