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An architecture that emerged from the austere forms of the Toltecs, characterized by strong grid plans, monumental scale, and brightly colored exteriors, often with highly stylized surface carvings of human figures, floral patterns and images of gods. Pyramids often supported two temples with parallel stairways. Destruction by the Spanish left very few remains, as the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan is entirely buried under modern Mexico City.
The architecture of the Aztecs in Mexico, succeeding the Mayans, from the 14th cent. until the Spanish conquest in the 16th cent.