Mexico from Slides prt23: Chichen Itza

El Castillo; or: The Temple of Kukulcan

El Castillo; or: The Temple of Kukulcan

(7 Shots) “Chichen Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” It was an important Maya-City in the North of Yucatan; around 125 kilometers west of Cancun. Started around 400 A.D. by Maya’s and taken over by Toltecs in 987 A.D.; and abandoned in the 13th century. Main building is: El Castillo; or: The Temple of Kukulcan (Maya name for The feathered Serpent God; the one the Aztecs called Quetzalcoatl). It “is a monumental representation of the Mayan calendar. There are 18 terraces on each side, the number of months in the Mayan year. There are four staircases, each with 91 steps, with one final step to the summit temple making 365 steps, one for each day of the year. But to see the most impressive aspect of the pyramid, you need to join the tens of thousands visiting on the spring and autumn equinoxes. On these days, the afternoon sun picks out the serpents carved into the staircase, which “moves” by a celestial trick of the light. It is a magnificent testament to the astronomical and architectural genius of its construction nearly 1,000 years ago.” (from: http://chichenitzafacts.com)

The Temple of Kukulcan, seen from the Temple of the Warriors

The Temple of Kukulcan, seen from the Temple of the Warriors

Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors)

Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors)

Steep Stairs of the Temple of the Warriors

Steep Stairs of the Temple of the Warriors

Sculpture next to the Stairs of the Steep Stairs of the Temple of the Warriors

Sculpture next to the Stairs of the Steep Stairs of the Temple of the Warriors

Funny Noses

Funny Noses

Chacmool

Chacmool

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: