Search This Blog

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Chichen Itza Spring Equinox Pyramid of Kukulkan

Chichen Itza
Pyramid of Kukulkan
Spring Equinox
Snake Shadow
Kukulkan at Chichen Itza during the Equinox
The famous descent of the snake
"El Castillo", Chichen Itza served as a Temple to Kukulkan

During the spring and fall equinoxes the shadow cast by the angle of the sun and edges of the nine steps of the pyramid combined with the northern stairway and the stone serpent head carvings create the illusion of a massive serpent descending the pyramid .

Watch the Snake...
Kukulcan is the name of a Maya snake deity. 
According to legend, twice a year when the day and night are in balance, the pyramid “El Castillo” at Chichén Itzá dedicated to Kukulcan, is visited by its namesake.
Spring Equinox
On the Pyramid of Kukulkan
On the equinox Kukulcan returns to earth. For five hours an illusion of light and shadow creates seven triangles on the side of the staircase starting at the top and inching its way down until it connects the top platform with the giant snake stone head at the bottom.
For forty-five minutes this impressive shadow stays in its entirety before slowing descending the pyramid and disappearing along with the crowd that gathered to see it.
Chichen Itza
Virtual tour ( HD )
Reconstruction of "mexicanized" square of the Chichen Itza. This city was a Major City in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic into the early portion of the Postclassic period (cca AD 800–1200)
Old Square of the Chichen Itza
Virtual Tour through the Ancient Mayan City.
Chichen Itza- Pyramid of Kukulkan
Mayan Cities in virtual reality
The sacred city of the Itza, is located 75 miles east of Merida, the Capital of the State of Yucatan, Mexico. This archaeological site is rated among the most important of the Maya culture and covers an area of approximately six square miles where hundreds of buildings once stood.

In its architecture one can observe a gradual change in style, starting with the Puuc style, also shared with Uxmal and other sites and culminating with the so-called Mayan Toltec style, due to the architectural similarities with Tula, capital of the Ancient Toltecs, and with other sites in Central Mexico.

 The Castillo at Chichen Itza is the dominant structure of the site. It shows Mexica influence and is from the late period. It is one of several constructions that show astronomical alignment. The pyramid is built over an earlier pyramid. A passage way leads up into the main room of the older temple. Inside is a Chac Mul and a jaguar throne.

Some believe that the Toltecs (Tula -around the years 968-1168 A.D) invaded the Itza at Chichen and forced their architecture and belief system on them. It appears archeological evidence does not support this opinion .The Great Ball court is located in the "New" or "Toltec" section of the city, yet the inscripted dedication date (November 18th, 864) well inside the Maya time for the city yet located in the Toltec "section". In fact most of the readable inscriptions in any major structure within Chichén are dated prior to 1000 AD

No comments: