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Discover Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
Photo Discover Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was among the largest cites of the Maya. It is located in Yucatan, East Mexico. It is renowned for the rich cultural heritage featuring the Maya civilization. Its official name is the Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza has been enlisted in the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site since 1988. Read and discover Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza's Architecture

Chichen Itza was a large city in Mesoamerica. The foundation of the city consisted of broken terrain which was leveled off. Many major constructions were built on the terrain. These constructions have attracted many tourists into the city. The architecture can be categorized into:

  • Puuc-style architecture: The upper façades are decorated with mosaic and hieroglyph sculptures.
  • Chenes-style architecture: The façade is ornate, with a masked doorway and hieroglyph sculptures.

Tourist attractions

Tourist attractions, including ruins and museums are located on Kukulcan Boulevard.

  • The Temple of Kukulcan: Kukulcan is a Maya deity who looks like a serpent with feathers. The Temple of Kukulcan is a stepped pyramid of 30m high, with nine square terraces, and steep stairways. The stairways in the northern side of the pyramid are similar to a big snake. On the pyramid top, there is a 6-meter temple. It is a popular tourist attraction.
  • The hidden Temple of Chac Mool is hidden under the Temple of Kukulcan. The Temple is endowed with a red Jaguar throne. It has recently been opened for public visits.
  • Mesoamerican Ball Courts: Chichen Itza is endowed with 13 Ball Courts. The biggest Ball Court is of approximately 170m by 70m.
  • The Temple of the Bearded Man is located at one end of the Mesoamerican Ball Courts. The inner walls of the Temple has a carved figure of a bearded man.
  • The Temples of the Jaguar is near the Ball Court. The entrance features two large columns here the feathered serpent is sculpted.
  • The Lower Temple of the Jaguar: Its walls and outer columns are endowed with fascinating carvings. The Jaguar also has another temple, which is known as the Upper Temple of the Jaguar.
  • The Tzompantli is also known as the Skull Platform. The Tzompantli features carved skulls.
  • The Temple of the Tables is located to the East of El Castillo. The top of the temple features a series of altars with carved figures of men who are raising their arms.
  • The Steam Bath was designed for the king. It features a water bath, a steam chamber and a waiting gallery. The king sat on the heated stones and the water becomes warm.
  • The Cenote Sagrado used to be a place for the sacrifice, where the Maya killed an animal or the gods especially at the time of drought.

There is more to discover

Chichen Itza is endowed with rich tourist attractions due to its cultural heritage. Many other temples can be found in the Old city of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

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