Palace of the Jaguars

The Palace of the Jaguars exudes wow-ness, with red murals, now faded, embellished with white drawings and carvings. The drawings represent jaguars and elements of sea life, such as shells, including conches. Even today this exquisite art doesn’t fail to impress.

Jaguar sounding a snail-horn. Photo credit: Wolfgang Sauber

Jaguar sounding a snail-horn. Photo credit: Wolfgang Sauber

Key among the murals is a jaguar blowing a feathered conch that drips with blood. This is believed to be a symbol of war, since conch shells were blown before warriors went into battle. Atop the jaguar’s head is a snake with feathers jutting out from it.

The Palace of the Jaguars is considered one of the most sacred sites in Teotihuacán, a city that is filled with religious buildings. The imagery depicted in the murals is stronger than at any of the other sites. Some images were later found depicted in other Mesoamerican cultures.

Because of its closeness to the Temple of the Moon, archaeologists believe priests and warriors planned events here that would take place later at the temple.