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Mesoamerican architecture(1300–500 B.C.)
A characteristic feature of this architecture is the great temple pyramids of pre-Columbian America, which are equivalent in complexity to those of ancient Egypt and the Middle East. The main centers in Mexico and Peru are divided into four main cultures: Mayan, Toltec, Aztec, and Inca. All four of these civilizations conceived of their architecture in monumental terms characterized by strong grid plans, huge walled enclosures, and vast stone cities.
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Architecture of the area of Mexico and Central America in which the presence of certain pre-Hispanic cultural traits permits the classification of cultures of the region as one civilization; includes central and southern Mexico, the Yucatán peninsula, Guatemala, El Salvador, and parts of Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica.
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