the platform of the Eagles and Jaguars
on our way to the Ball Court
A close-up of Chaac, the rain god
The Eglisia with its elaborately ornaments
the backside of the Nunnary complex still needs some repair
A close up of the heads of the snake god Kukulcan at the pyramid base, with the entrance to the left
then we are back at El Castillo,as the Pyramid is also called
a jaguar with a heart
the platform of skulls is called Tzompantli and shows hundreds of cut-off heads
theTemple of the snake god Kukulcan
Chichen Itza is located in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula and was a major Mayan city from 600 to 1250 AD.
By the time
the Spanish conquestadors arrived in 1534 the place was already in ruins.
, the main pyramid, features two feathered
snakes, called Kukulcan that decend the stairway during the spring and fall equinoxes.
A Mayan prophecy that Kukulcan
would rise and destroy the world on Dec 22 2012 proved false (sofar..)
Today Chichen Itza draw more than a million tourist per
annum, mainly because it is situated close to tourist magnet Cancun.
We visited in September 1998, and at that time you could still climb the steep
stairs of El Castillo and visit the old temple inside.
the observatory temple El Caracol
the Chichanchop or Red House
a jaguar head is waiting for restoration
here the Mayans played ball. The losing teamcaptain was decapitated
the steps are small and the slope is steep
the Eagle is devouring a heart