Chichen Itza
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The Chichen Itza


This Mayan archeological site was the economic and political centre of the Mayans during 750 AD to 1200 AD. The buildings remain as stunningly beautiful evidences of the excellent architectural intelligence of the Mayans. The people had a vast astronomical knowledge, which is evident from their civilization. This Chichen Itza is a world heritage site approved by UNESCO in 1988. Chichen Itza is included in the new Seven Wonders of the World list.

Chichen Itza Mexico

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The Mayans were an advanced society and they had adopted a hieroglyphic style of writing. The Mayan people were responsible for inventing the first calendar. For an unknown and somewhat mysterious reason, Chichen Itza was abandoned in the 10 the century. Through the centuries trees grew around the site hiding its beauty and masking it from the world. El Castillo is the pyramid temple at the centre of Chichen Itza.

The Chichen Itza Mexico

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This is regarded as the visual symbol of Chichen Itza and is the major attraction at the site. The temple of warriors consists of large stone columns that are decorated with relief carvings. There is a ball court which was used for playing a sport with the ball, the game information of which is painted by Mayans on the walls of the site. There is also a sinkhole which is called the Cenote. The circular pit was a water source for the entire population. The Cenote pool was considered sacred and treasures were offered to God by tossing them into the pools.

The Chichen Itza of Mexico

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The site is open for tourists from 8 am to 5 pm. If you are a keen explorer, you may spend a full day exploring the attractions of Chichen Itza . You may want to take a guided tour to fully appreciate the attractions without which your visit will not be complete. It is recommended to stay overnight in the nearby hotels and start your tour early, you can avoid the hot midday sun at the Chichen Itza site.

Date posted: 18th March, 2016

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