Friday, August 17, 2012

Montezuma's Castle, Arizona

Another interesting stop during our Arizona vacation was at Montezuma's Castle.

Montezuma's Castle is located not far from Sedona and features a well-preserved cliff-dwelling.

It was built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people and was occupied from approximately 1125-1400. The five-story stone and mortar dwelling built into the limestone cliff contains 20 rooms and once housed about 50 people. Another part of the cliff wall bears the marks of an even larger dwelling, which has not survived.

The dwelling is not at all a castle but has kept the name "Montezuma Castle", despite it having nothing to do with Aztec Empire.

It is truly remarkable to see that this 'prehistoric' high-rise has survived the test of time!


Deanna said...

Wow girl, you have been busy!

Rosemary said...

It really is amazing. Hard to imagine people living there