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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

The Pyramid of the Magician

The Pyramid of the Magician

(12 Shots) | Uxmal was a Maya City, roughly from 500 A.D. till 1550 A.D.. It’s in the state of Yucatán; about 62 km south of its capital Mérida. The architectural remains were in pretty good shape. Main attraction was the The Pyramid of the Magician. It’s about 40 m. high and the steps of it’s stairs are extremely inhuman. There was a chain you could hold on to, when you wanted to climb the stairs.

The Pyramid of the Magician prt2

The Pyramid of the Magician prt2

Overview

Overview

The Pyramid of the Magician prt3

The Pyramid of the Magician prt3

The Governor's Palace

The Governor’s Palace

The Governor’s Palace was a heavy, long building on a base. The upper half had a great relief of repeating patterns and symbols. Reminded me of the great reliefs of Mitla; but here they were more complex and on a larger scale.

The Governor's Palace prt2

The Governor’s Palace prt2

Nunnery Quadrangle

Nunnery Quadrangle

Nunnery Quadrangle was actually a government palace. It was a huge building around a square courtyard that felt like a soccerfield with its short, green grass. The ornaments and reliefs on its facades were incredible.

Nunnery Quadrangle prt2

Nunnery Quadrangle prt2

Nunnery Quadrangle prt3

Nunnery Quadrangle prt3

Creatures watch

Creatures watch

Ballgame-Target

Ballgame-Target

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