Sacrificial Altar
Sacrificial Altar
Introduced in C4w
Unique Building for Aztec Empire (Replaces Courthouse)
Cost[1]90 Hammer
Espionage+2 Espionage (only in C4bts)
RequiresCode of Laws
Special Abilities
  • -50% Maintenance
  • -50% Anger Duration from Sacrificing Population
  • Can turn 1 Citizen into Spy (only in C4bts)
  • Required to Build Forbidden Palace
  • Double production speed for Organized leaders[2]
  • Available for free on Modern and later starts (only in C4bts)



"In Aztec culture, religion was inextricably woven into the fabric of daily life. The king was the leader of the nation; he also held high office in the religion. Aztec religious policies had the full force of law behind them. When a condemned criminal was executed, he was killed on the same sacrificial altars that the Aztecs used to sacrifice captured prisoners (and others) during religious rituals.

Despite their bloodthirsty - even savage - reputation, the Aztecs had quite a sophisticated judicial system to protect both person and property. Each major city or town had a supreme judge. Once appointed, the supreme judge was totally independent of the monarchy; he wielded ultimate judicial control over his jurisdiction. Beneath the supreme judge was a three-member court, and beneath them were a group of lesser magistrates who were elected to their office by the people of the city. There is little evidence of corruption in the Aztec courts: judicial misconduct was punishable by death.

Though the Aztecs could be considered barbaric by most modern standards, their justice system was fairly effective at deterring crime and keeping the peace. For example, there could not have been much theft in the cities: the Aztec residences were not equipped with locks or even bolts."


"Sacrificial Altars, the Aztec replacements for Courthouses, lower city maintenance costs and reduce the anger duration from sacrificing population. Sacrificial Altars help manage the cost of controlling large empires."

Difference from Courthouse

It costs only 90 Hammer instead of 120, and it halves of the duration of anger after sacrificing population.


In the city screen press the following icon to start Sacrificial Altar construction:

Game versionButton
C4w and C4btsIcoSacrificial Altar

See also


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 60 Hammer, Epic: 135 Hammer, Marathon: 270 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects in C4w and C4bts, but appears only in C4bts.