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The Ancient Ruins Collection - Mesoamerica presents: Tzintzuntzan
We continue The Ancient Ruins Collection--Mesoamerica, a dedicated subcollection to the legacy of past civilizations.
This model was designed by founder Dany Sánchez, and is available in the following versions:
- Current state (ruins)
- Hypothetical reconstruction
Tzintzuntzan (closely pronounced in English as "seen, sun, san")was the ceremonial center and capital of the prehispanic Tarascan/Purépecha Empire. The name comes from the Purépecha word meaning "place of hummingbirds". It lies on a hill overlooking Lake Pátzcuaro.
The Tarascan Empire was a rival of the neighboring Mexica (Aztec) Empire and successfully resisted its constant attacks, remaining independent at the time of the arrival of the Spanish in the 1522. Averting the destruction that the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan did, the emperor of Tzintzuntzan surrendered to the Spanish. Eventually, much of the city and especially its distinct five rounded pyramids called yácatas were destroyed and the city almost completely abandoned after the Spanish moved the capital of Michoacán province to nearby Pátzcuaro.
Purépecha culture is very distinct from the rest of Mesoamerica. For example, the language is believed to be closer to Zuni in the American Southwest and Quechua in Peru, and they built by piling rocks that fit together without the use of mortar or stucco, just like the Inca.
The 5 circular yácata pyramids used to have wooden temples on top. They rest on a Grand Platform of 450m by 250m (from Wikipedia).
MiniWorld 3D is excited to bring this historical model to life as a homage to all the people of Mexico. This model was designed by founder Dany Sánchez, from scratch. Please give credit, it's all about spreading culture and education!
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3D prints in Plasticz Netherlands metallic grey, 0.2mm.
Hand painted models in acrylics by Dany Sánchez - except for the reconstructed version photo (that doesn't look like the rest), shared by Emanuel Arana and hand painted by Nikki Mele Crafts.
Real location photo credit: Secretaria de Turismo de Michoacan