Probably the first association that arise about the mention of Mexico - is tequila, sombreros and pyramids. And if you ask about the most famous Mexican pyramid, many immediately recalled about Chichen Itza. That is why it is so? After all, the pyramid - temple of Kukulkan in the former ancient city of Chichen Itza is difficult to find a lot of adjectives by adding the word "most". This pyramid is not the highest, not the most beautiful (in my opinion) is not the oldest in Mexico. Perhaps it is the symbolic (just remember about 365 steps!) And certainly the most "hyped".
Find photos of Chichen Itza and read about it on the internet there is no difficulty. So here we "go the other way." Once all the buildings of the ancient Mayan city were richly decorated. Now the beauty of this is short, but what remained, we suggest you look. Of course, no general plans, too, can not do.
Temple of Kukulcan is known that researchers have counted on the pyramid stage 364 (plus the upper platform) and saw the effect of the "Feathered Serpent" during spring and fall equinoxes. These and some other figures given pyramid symbolism, and Chichen Itza - a considerable income from tourists. It is said that before it was possible to climb up to the temple, where in ancient times carried the bloody rituals. Now not only forbidden, but (just in case!) Fenced. Not make out the details.
Here is where you can admire the details, it's on a large field for ball games.
Players were definitely outstanding people, because the rules prescribed play rubber ball and throw the ball into the ring with the help of various parts of the body except the hands. The height at which there is a ring of about 6 meters. This gave rise to the legend of Atlantis, in some of the most inquisitive minds.
The only thing that disturbs me personally, it's "reward" winners. Initially, the team that won, sacrificed in the "field" temple. True then justice has been done, keeping the gene pool and laying the foundation of motivation.
Ritual scenes depicted in great detail on the sides of the platform. Look, see, before the ball in which a skull, kneels on one knee man without a head. A gushing blood is depicted as a serpent.
And this is a continuation of the same bloody scene.
And yet they all stick his nose.
On one of the walls enclosing the golf ball, there is an upper temple of the jaguar, which is likely to there could follow the game priests and nobles.
Decorates his relief with jaguars.
There are lower church jaguars and eagles.
It seems that they devour human hearts.
Temple of Skulls - it's the platform on which laid the skull enemies and sacrificed. Making appropriate.
Temple of Warriors got its name because it is located in front of rows of columns with the image of Toltec warriors.
The temple was located at the top of the pyramid and columns that you can now see there, supported the roof of the temple. There you see the "Chacmool" - reclining man with "dish" on the abdomen. Apparently this dish priests put freshly excised human heart for sacrifice. Who is this "man" can be seen in the gift shop, so it became popular.
A photograph taken at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, you can get a better look.
Near the temple is a group of warriors "thousands of columns." It is believed that these columns supporting the roof, which is located under the market. Columns in the bulk of the round and without relief.
The ten pyramid is called "Tomb of the High Priest" because on its top 7 were found tombstones. Only parts of yazykastye snake.
Observatory at Chichen Itza is simply called "Caracol" - a snail. If you look to the dome, you can see the remnants of the former decoration here.
The church has retained its magnificent ornament. Although the church is a building, of course, is not. It got its name from the fact that adjacent to the temple or monastery of nuns.
Monastery - is also just a name that the Spaniards gave it the temple complex by virtue of some associations.
Maybe because the entrance they saw the image of the deity.
"House of the deer" preserved only ornament on the top of the wall.
In the city of Chichen Itza is located cenote. This is a natural natural "reservoir" of fresh water. That's about it saying that the victims' bodies were thrown there.
But mostly cenotes were the sources of fresh water. Now it is a joy for tourists on a hot day.
And, of course, can not do without the photos of those without whom none unthinkable tourist destination.