Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Chichen Itza - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Chichen Itza
Continent:    THE AMERICAS
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Mexico
Period:    Maya
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    500AD - 599AD
City/Town:    Chichen-Itza
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Chichen-Itza, Merida, Cancun,

Chichen Itza history
Stunningly well-preserved and imposingly beautiful, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most impressive historical sites.
A UNESCO World Heritage site based in the forests of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is actually made up of two cities built by two peoples, the Mayas and the Toltecs.
The site is made up of several surviving buildings including a circular observatory known as El Caracol, the Warriors’ Temple and El Castillo. Accounts vary as to the date of the first settlement at Chichen Itza, placing it between the 6th and 9th century AD when the Mayas built the original city including “The Building of the Nuns” and a church.
Chichen Itza was conquered by the Toltec King of Tula in the 10th century AD, accounting for the fusion in Maya and Toltec influences.
Chichen Itza also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Mexico.

Pics of  Chichen Itza....

 El Castillo dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site.

 Feathered serpent sculpture at the base of one of the stairways of El Castillo

 Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors

 The Jaguar Throne, inside the "El Castillo" pyramid

 The Castillo Temple, photograph by Teobert Maler, 1892.

 Excavations next to El Castillo began in 2009

 The serpent effect demonstrated during the night show with artificial lighting.

 The serpent effect observed during the 2009 spring equinox.

 Great Ball Court

 The tzompantli or Skull Platform

 The Temple of the Big Tables

 Cenote Sagrado

 Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors)

 Detail of Temple of the Warriors showing Chac Mool.


 Osario staircase

 "La Iglesia" in the Las Monjas complex

 "El Caracol" observatory temple

 Composite Laser scan image of Chichen Itza's Cave of Balankanche, showing how the shape of its great limestone column is strongly evocative of the World Tree in Maya mythological belief systems. Data from a National Science Foundation/CyArk research partnership

Painting of a relief, lower terrace columns, Temple of the Warriors, by Octavio Medellin (1907 – 1999), 1938. Artists have been attracted to Chichen Itza since its rediscovery.

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