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El Castillo, Chichen Itza
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Appreciate the impressive form and learn the history of El Castillo, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid central to the Chichen Itza archaeological site. Thought to have been built some time between the 9th and 12th centuries CE, the pyramid was a temple to the gold Kukulkan, the Yucatec Maya feathered serpent deity. Made up of square terraces, the pyramid has staircases on each of its 4 sides, with the northern staircase's balustrade decorated with sculptures of feathered serpents. The pyramid itself stands at 24 m (78 ft) high, and when added to the 6 m (19 ft) temple on top of it, the size and scale of the limestone structure encapsulates the wonder of the wider archaeological site. Use our Chichen Itza itinerary builder to add El Castillo and other attractions to your Chichen Itza vacation plans.
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  • The title alone says much of this attraction ... Awesome learn what it meant symbolically and astrologically to the Mayan culture. A real gem in the Caribbean ...!
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  • The pyramid of Kukulcan is the symbol of Chichen Itza: majestic and imposing. Do not fail to appreciate the eco clapping.
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  • Pyramid has different names. Chichen Itza-name Maya. Kukul'kanom Maya called Quetzalcoatl, who was depicted as a Feathered Serpent. The Spaniards, without further ADO and with neither the mind nor the desire, called the unpretentious-El Sastillo-"the Castle". El Castillo has strict geometrical proportions, which are not accidental. Pyramid built in the IX century in strict accordance with the astronomical system of Maya. Pyramid deployed in accordance with the parties of the world. With no tools nor to monitor lights (lenses, for example), nor to calculate angles and the hours for measuring the seconds, minutes and hours, they learned to predict the phases of the Moon and calculate the days of spring and autumn ravnodejstvija. It is these days, 21 March and September 21-best to visit Chichen Itza. When the Sun casts a shadow on the north side of the pyramid, eyewitnesses say that you can see how down the steps of the Feathered Serpent undulates. Steps at each of the 4-th stairs to 91. In total this gives 364. Where 365-I? This is the last-upper landing gives 365-number of complete days in the solar year. Number of terraces -18, that too is not accidental, and corresponds to the number of months in the Mayan calendar. Month, the truth is that they contain 20 days, and the balance in 5 "unfortunate" days they annexed at the end. The terraces are also stone Panel. A total of 52. It is as much a ritual lasted 52-year ritual cycle, through which both the Mayan calendar.
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  • Truly awesome to get to see this place in person, definitely something visit in a lifetime. It was hot as balls, but this place and the rest of the Yucatan peninsula were so beautiful and alive that it still didn't bother us. My wife and I were hesitant to pay $50 for a personal guide, but after the guy talked us through the history and meaning of everything it was well worth it, and we ended up giving him a very good tip, the place is so much interesting and complex if you have someone explain it to you.
  • The place is majestic. You can feel the history all around you. I like to imagine the Mayan people walking around going about their everyday business. It truly is amazing. There really is no describing it. The vendors can get a bit pushy though.
  • The Mayan ruins are absolutely astounding - you must see them to believe their beauty and majesty. The ruins themselves get a 5, however the hundreds of people hawking their Mexican crafts, tee shirts, etc. take something away from this experience and lower the rating to a 4. The beautiful ruins at Chichen Itza are a once in a lifetime must see.
  • This is what you come for. Like another "wonder" Petra the main building greets you right as you enter the complex and it's quite a moment to see it. What I didn't realise is every picture shows you the main 2 faces where staircase is in immaculate condition but the other 2 are anything but which is interesting. I also found out if you sit down on your own for a few minutes close by people will ask to take photos of them many times :)
  • The Temple of Kukulkan is an iconic pyramid, the image of the mayan architecture. Incredible.