Tajin means “City Thunder” in the Totonac language.
El Tajin was the capital of Totonac empire and reached its peak in the transition to the Postclassic also known as Epi-Classic Mesoamerican Period, between 800 and 1150 A.D.
The construction of ceremonial buildings of El Tajin probably began in the first century AD during the Mesoamerican Early Classic Period. In El Tajin there is Teotihuacan influence as we can see in urban planning, architecture, paintings, sculptures and ceramics of the site; while in the Post classic Toltec influence showed.
The site was completely abandoned when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the XVI century, so that, it was not destroyed and its existence was kept in secret for a couple of centuries.