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.
Today Chichen Itza draw more than a million tourist per annum, mainly because
it is situated close to Cancun.
Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was elected as one of the New 7 Wonders
of the World
We were 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