Roof of famed Aztec temple collapse from torrential rain

Mexico City, Mexico: The roof of Mexico City's most important Aztec temple partially collapsed in a hailstorm, according to authorities, just one day after the capital's archaeological zone reopened following pandemic closures.

To preserve the ancient ruins underneath, a modern roof made of metal and acrylic panels was built.

The extent of the damage to the famed Templo Mayor in the city's historic zone on Wednesday was not immediately clear, but archaeologists said it was not serious.

"Despite the spectacular nature of the accident, the damage to the archaeological heritage is not great," said Leonardo Lopez Lujan, director of the Templo Mayor Project.

According to a local administrative office, one person was injured but did not need hospitalization after the structure partially collapsed during the torrential storm.

Images on social media showed soldiers defending a taped-off area where the roof and a section of the site's fence had been destroyed.

Templo Mayor, which was constructed and restored in the 14th and 15th centuries, was the sacred heart of the Aztec capital and was thought to be the site of many human sacrifices.

When the Spanish conquistadors razed Tenochtitlan in 1521 and rebuilt a colonial city on top of it, the vast religious structure was ruined.

The temple was discovered by archaeologists in 1914, but the ruins were not thoroughly excavated until the 1970s.

Mexico City's historic center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

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