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Coordinates : Teotihuacan ( pronounced /ˈtɛɔˌtiwɑˈkɑn/ ), [ 1 ] also written Teotihuacán , is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico , 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City , containing some of the largest Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas . The name means "where man met the gods." Apart from the pyramids, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals . Additionally, Teotihuacan produced a thin orange pottery style that spread through Mesoamerica. [ 2 ] The city is thought to have been established around 100 BC and continued to be built until about 250 AD. [ 3 ] The city may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries AD.