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municipio ("municipality"), northeastern Federal District, central Mexico. It is situated at 7,480 feet (2,280 m) above sea level in the Valley of Mexico. It was formerly a city built on the site of an important pre-Columbian town. Overlooking the area is Mount Estrella, where Aztecs kindled a sacred fire to initiate each cycle of their calendar round of 52 years.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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