It flowered during the Classic period (750-900 A.D.) when the “Puuc” style reached its zenith; not long afterwards, the warrior traders that arrived from the center of Mexico during the 10th century introduced new concepts and beliefs that gave rise to the shaping of the style known as Maya-Mexican.
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Index

4  | Maya Culture

4  | Historical, geographical and cultural setting

8  | Chichen Itza through time

12 |Map of Chichen Itza

14 |Monuments and Art of Chichen Itza

16 | Temple of the Jaguars

17 | The Ball Court

18 | Reliefs of the Slopes

19 | Temple of the North

20 | Annex of the Temple of the Jaguars

21 | The Tzompantli

22 | Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars

23 | Platform of Venus

24 | The Castle or Temple of Kukulkan

26 | The Castle stairway

26 | The Temple of the Red Jaguar

27 | Son et Lumiere

28 | The Scared Cenote

30 | Temple of the warriors

32 | Temple of the Tables

32 | Temple of the Chac Mool

34 | The Steam Bath

34 | The Market

35 | Group of the Thousand Columns

36 | The Ossuary or Tomb of the Grat Priest

36 | Chichanchob or ¨Red House¨

42 | House of the Nuns

41 | The Church

42 | Annex of the Nuns

44 | Temple of the Carved Panels

45 | The Akab-Dzib

45 | Old Chichen or the Group of the Initial Series

47 | Balamkanche Caves

Author

Luis Alberto Martos

Photos by:

Giovanni Dagli Orti, Michael Calderwood


51 Photos-Illustrations
48 Pages
Softcover
22 x 12.5 cm – 8.66 x 4.92 in
ISBN 978 970 9019 49 0


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Contents

The most important and emblematic building of Chichén Itzá is the “Castle” or Temple of Kukulcán which rises in the center of the Main Square in the city’s most sacred place.

During its period of greatest splendor, Chichén Itzá was the most powerful city of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Entering this archeological site, whose cultural development included a period of several centuries (300 – 1220 A.D.) is one of the most exciting moments of the human adventure.

It flowered during the Classic period (750-900 A.D.) when the “Puuc” style reached its zenith; not long afterwards, the warrior traders that arrived from the center of Mexico during the 10th century introduced new concepts and beliefs that gave rise to the shaping of the style known as Maya-Mexican.

With the tour we propose you will witness, through the monuments described, the splendor of this City.

After an introduction to Mayan Culture and Chichén Itzá, this guide describes each monument in detail, with the support of color photographs, drawings, plans and maps.

Did you know that the Castle or Temple of Kukulcán is one of the seven new wonders of the world.

It is a magnificent construction 24 m (78.74 ft) high and one of the most noteworthy buildings of Toltec-influenced Mayan architecture, with a square base and nine sloping bodies that symbolize the planes of the underworld. Each side of the pyramid has a great staircase (91 steps per side) and one more leading to the upper temple: 365 steps in all, one for every day of the year.

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