Moctezuma's Revenge?22 September 2009
Superbreak offers packages to latest hit exhibition at the British Museum
On 24 September a major exhibition opens at the British Museum, bringing myth to life and exploring Aztec civilisation through the divine, military and political role of the last elected ruler, Moctezuma II (reigned AD 1502–1520). The story is told with elaborate painted screens and mother-of-pearl encrusted panels that are being lent to this country for the first time. This is the final part of a series of exhibitions at the museum that have focused on the lives of four of the great world’s greatest historical rulers. Short break specialist Superbreak (www.superbreak.com) has packages available that include timed entry tickets to the exhibition and overnight accommodation at a wide range of London hotels.
From his capital in Tenochtitlan (the site of modern Mexico City), Moctezuma’s empire comprised much of modern highland Mexico, stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean. His power was reflected in the splendour of his capital’s architecture, his command of the prestigious Jaguar and Eagle military orders, and his sacrificial rituals to the gods. Moctezuma’s world was unrivalled until the devastating arrival of strangers – Cortés and his Spanish fleet. The legacy of this tumultuous event and the semi-mythical status of Moctezuma will be reassessed through the display of imposing stone sculptures and rare gold and turquoise objects, many of which will be seen for the first time in the UK. Rediscover the world of the Aztecs and trace the foundation of modern Mexico in the British Museum’s next major exhibition on great rulers.
Sample packages include:
THREE STAR PACKAGE - £73.50 per person – staying one night at the three star St Giles hotel including breakfast and a ticket to the exhibition. Valid at weekends in October and November and based on two sharing.
FOUR STAR PACKAGE- £78 per person - staying one night at the four star Novotel St Pancreas hotel including breakfast and a ticket to the exhibition. Valid at weekends in October and November and based on two sharing.
For more information or to book call Superbreak on 0871 222 3055 or log onto www.superbreak.com