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. Find out how to plan Chichen Itza trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The monumental Maian pyramid is a must-see in Yucatan. You should definitely visit Chichen Itza and see the El Castillo!  more »
  • incredible monument of the Mayan culture, I recommend making it with Guide to understand the meaning of each thing
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  • It's beautiful and that you leave at least when I visit is extraordinary. I think that they should not leave to rise, since the steps were very worn by so many thousands of footsteps of the thousands of tourists who visit it. It is stunning, extraordinary and majestic. You have to see it definitively.
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  • An amazing piece of engineering. Every equinox, the snakes create a series of shadows on the stairs which resembles a descending snake, which symbolizes a divine feathered serpent of ancient Aztec culture. Also, the sum of the number of the steps including one for the temple on the top is 365. This place was the site of human sacrifice ceremonies.
  • Amazing place to visit. I wish we would have planned more time to see the sights. Give yourself a good 4-6 hours to see everything on your own if you don't have a guide.
  • Beautiful grounds historic and sacred! Bring water it gets warm there and definitely your camera!! Such an amazing astrological sight, with the equinox and the pyramid its just an amazing place to see how advanced the Mayans truly were!
  • i went when it was blizarding and i was in shorts and a tee shirt. it sucks. its cold. i lost both my legs because of frost bite. OUCH. it was too hot also
  • I don't even know what to say this place is magical you have to see it to believe it so amazing it really is one of the new seven wonders of the world!
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