By Enzo Figueres

El Castillo

State/Province/Region
OT
Country
MX
Nearest Area
Yucatan
Town
Valladolid
Brief Directions

The archeological site is close to the town of Valladolid.

Notes

Taken at dusk during the Light and Sound Show at Chichen Itza

Description

El Castillo ("The Castle") is an spectacular Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the state of Yucatán, Mexico Built by the Maya civilization between the 10th and 13th centuries AD, it served as a temple to the god Kukulcan . It is a step pyramid with a ground plan of square terraces with stairways up each of the four sides to the temple on top. Great sculptures of plumed serpents run down the sides of the northern staircase. The pyramid has 91 steps on each side and if you count the top step, they add up to 365 steps, one for each day of the year.

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Date Added
June 30, 2009
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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