Cempoala (or Zempoala) was the capital of the Totonacas, a pre-Columbian group that reached the Gulf coast of Mexico in the Postclassic period. The city, a major center on the coast of Veracruz, reached its florescence between the 12th to the 16th century AD. Its name in Nahuatl means “twenty, or abundant water”. It was the first urban settlement saw by the Spaniards.

Cempoala, the most populous city on the Gulf Coast, lied near the Actopan river.

The city was surrounded by a channel system and a series of aqueducts which provided water to the farmfields around the urban center as well as the residential areas.

The City of Cempoala

Cempoala was a large city inhabited by about 80-120.000 people. The urban center was organized in nine precincts. The major compounds were composed by large temples bordered by platforms. High platforms elevated the buildings above the flood level.
The urban core of Cempoala, occupied by the monumental sector, covered a surface of 120,000 square meters (1,292,000 square feet), with much more represented by domestic housing.

La Antigua located 30 minutes north of Veracruz., Veracruz, 28 Km (18 Miles) From Downtown Of The City.

Noted for its great importance in the history of Veracruz and this was the first region where the Spaniards led by Hernán Cortés landed in the year 1519 in this population you will find important historical symbols, among them: the house of Hernán Cortés , the Chapel of the Rosary Church, El Cuartel de Santa Ana and the Cabildo building. In this place Cortes sank their ships.