Hill of the Idols: Eagle House

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Carved entirely out of the rocks, the Cuauhcalli is entered through the mouth of a monster with a forked tongue into a circular chamber along which stretches a bench with a sculpted jaguar and two eagles. An eagle-shaped altar in the centre is touched by the sun's rays on the day of the winter solstice. The temple was a place where warriors were initiated, reflected by the iconography: a war drum at the entrance, statues (only the bases remain) of a jaguar-warrior and an eagle-warrior.

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