The year was around 800 A.D. and an urban center was prospering despite the political upheaval and militarism of the times. Amidst the hilly terrain of central Mexico, Xochicalco commanded a strategic view atop a high hill.
In the middle of this city sat Iteocal in Quetzalcóatl, the Pyramid or Temple of the Plumed Serpent.
The Plumed Serpent, Quetzalcóatl, was a sign of fertility and war, and a central icon in Mayan culture. It would prove to be an apt symbol for this ancient city.