The Caracol, Chichen Itza
The Caracol or Observatory of Chichen Itza, Mexico. Constructed prior to 800 CE, this Maya building was used as an astronomical observatory, especially of Venus.
Goal, Ball Court of Chichen Itza
One of the goals of the ball court at the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza. The objective of the ball game, popular across Mesoamerica, was to strike a rubber ball through the hoop using any part of the body except the hands.
Staircase, Pyramid of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza
The Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was a temple built in honour of the Maya feathered-serpent god Kukulkan, pre-11th century CE.
The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) at Chichen Itza
Famously known as El Castillo (the castle)this is the Temple of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza. Note the rope in the picture descending from the top of the pyramid. This is to aid visitors in their climb to the top and back but, still, it is not...
Kukulcan Sculpture, Chichen Itza
A representation of the feathered-serpent god Kukulkan at the base of the Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was built prior to 1050 CE.
The Maya Calendar and the End of the World: Why the one does not substantiate the other
The Popol Vuh recounts the story of twins who journeyed to Xibalba. For the Maya, their round of adventures serves as a metaphor for timeless, repeating cycles and for the regeneration of earth and all living things. – Gene S. Stuart, Mayanist...
Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza
The Temple of the Warriors at the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza, Mexico. Built between 800 and 1050 CE, the three-level pyramid is so called because of the colonnade of carved warrior and gift-bearer columns on its two sides.
Map of Chichen Itza
A map of the principal monuments of the Maya-Toltec city Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, c. 750-1200 CE.
The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza
The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza is the largest playing field in Mesoamerica. It measures 168 by 70 metres (551 by 230 feet) and the walls are 8 metres (26 feet) high. Here the game of Pok-a-Tok was played, the most popular and highly...
Ball Court Wall & Goal, Chichen Itza
One of the walls and goals of the ball court in the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza. 1050-1200 CE.