Mysterious Sights in Chichen Itza


Great Ballcourt

The Mayans were really good at sports and they built the Great Ballcourt of Chichen Itza of about 68 meters wide by 166 meters in length with no vault and no discontinuity between the walls. Totally open to the blue sky, and only each end has a raised to the temple area. If you made a whisper, you can hear from 500 feet away regardless of the wind direction or time of the day. You can also whisper in the night and experience the sound transmission giving you that amazing feeling based on this mysterious acoustic principle that was applied to this open-air site.

The symbolic descent of Kukulkan

The Kukulkan Pyramid or El Castillo is a square-based, stepped pyramid. It is about 22.86 meters tall and it was built for astronomical purposes. During the vernal equinox on the March 20, the autumnal equinox on the 21st September at about three o’clock, the sunlight bathes the western balustrade or rail for the main stairs of the pyramid. What’s amazing that you must watch is seven isosceles triangles are form and it is as if the body of a 33 meters serpent is creeping downwards until it joins the huge serpent’s head carved in stone.

Central Group – Las Monjas

This building was named by the Spanish and was called a nunnery. Rather considered as a residential palace, however, it was speculated to be the residence of the founding family of Chichen. There are also a likelihood that is was a priest’s house or even a council house or Popal Nah structure. With five dedicatory glyph strings, an oldest dating back to AD 880, there is a central reinforced wall and two wings, all on a high platform. There were some reconstruction and now what you see is a typical Puuc Maya styled building. In detailed are the rubble core walls which were originally veneered with indented stepped frets in cubes decorated with flowers. In front of this building is a significant sacrificial stone with a jaguar throne within.

El Caracol, Winding staircase or snail

El Caracol

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Dated back to 600 AD to 850 AD, It is about 15 m high with many windows. It used to be for observing the equinoxes and summer solstice. There is an unobstructed view of the skies and the surrounding landscape and it seemed to be aligned with the motion of Venus who had a great significance for the Maya community.

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