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Pirámide del Adivino by guillenperez on Flickr.Via Flickr: 
View of the Pyramid of the Magician, the most impressive structure in Uxmal and unique elliptic in the Mayan world, from the house of turtles.

Pirámide del Adivino by guillenperez on Flickr.

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View of the Pyramid of the Magician, the most impressive structure in Uxmal and unique elliptic in the Mayan world, from the house of turtles.

Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza by Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr.
Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal by Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr.Via Flickr:
The Mayan city of Uxmal is one of the most important in Mexico, its major buildings surviving in unusually good condition and distinctively designed, exhibiting the ‘Puuc’ style (found especially in this area of the Yucatan Penninsula) which employs large areas of semi-abstract geometric surface decoration on the facades of temples and palaces. 
This decoration reaches its zenith at Uxmal, where great swathes of patterned relief adorn the major structures along with the distinctive masks of the hook-nosed rain god Chac marking the corners. The cult of Chac was very important here, with rain collected in cisterns providing the principal source of water.
The city is believed to have been founded in the mid 7th century AD but abandoned before the Spanish conquest.
The most significant buildings here are the ‘Pyramid of the Magician’, the ‘Nunnery Quadrangle’, the ‘Great Pyramid’ and the ‘Palace of the Governor’, all of which represent the highest achievements and most ornate forms of the ancient Mayan Puuc style.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxmal

Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal by Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr.

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The Mayan city of Uxmal is one of the most important in Mexico, its major buildings surviving in unusually good condition and distinctively designed, exhibiting the ‘Puuc’ style (found especially in this area of the Yucatan Penninsula) which employs large areas of semi-abstract geometric surface decoration on the facades of temples and palaces.

This decoration reaches its zenith at Uxmal, where great swathes of patterned relief adorn the major structures along with the distinctive masks of the hook-nosed rain god Chac marking the corners. The cult of Chac was very important here, with rain collected in cisterns providing the principal source of water.

The city is believed to have been founded in the mid 7th century AD but abandoned before the Spanish conquest.

The most significant buildings here are the ‘Pyramid of the Magician’, the ‘Nunnery Quadrangle’, the ‘Great Pyramid’ and the ‘Palace of the Governor’, all of which represent the highest achievements and most ornate forms of the ancient Mayan Puuc style.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxmal

Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal by Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr.Via Flickr:
The Mayan city of Uxmal is one of the most important in Mexico, its major buildings surviving in unusually good condition and distinctively designed, exhibiting the ‘Puuc’ style (found especially in this area of the Yucatan Penninsula) which employs large areas of semi-abstract geometric surface decoration on the facades of temples and palaces. 
This decoration reaches its zenith at Uxmal, where great swathes of patterned relief adorn the major structures along with the distinctive masks of the hook-nosed rain god Chac marking the corners. The cult of Chac was very important here, with rain collected in cisterns providing the principal source of water.
The city is believed to have been founded in the mid 7th century AD but abandoned before the Spanish conquest.
The most significant buildings here are the ‘Pyramid of the Magician’, the ‘Nunnery Quadrangle’, the ‘Great Pyramid’ and the ‘Palace of the Governor’, all of which represent the highest achievements and most ornate forms of the ancient Mayan Puuc style.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxmal

Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal by Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr.

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The Mayan city of Uxmal is one of the most important in Mexico, its major buildings surviving in unusually good condition and distinctively designed, exhibiting the ‘Puuc’ style (found especially in this area of the Yucatan Penninsula) which employs large areas of semi-abstract geometric surface decoration on the facades of temples and palaces.

This decoration reaches its zenith at Uxmal, where great swathes of patterned relief adorn the major structures along with the distinctive masks of the hook-nosed rain god Chac marking the corners. The cult of Chac was very important here, with rain collected in cisterns providing the principal source of water.

The city is believed to have been founded in the mid 7th century AD but abandoned before the Spanish conquest.

The most significant buildings here are the ‘Pyramid of the Magician’, the ‘Nunnery Quadrangle’, the ‘Great Pyramid’ and the ‘Palace of the Governor’, all of which represent the highest achievements and most ornate forms of the ancient Mayan Puuc style.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxmal

Temple of the Warriors by Milton CJ on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Chichén Itzá, México

Temple of the Warriors by Milton CJ on Flickr.

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Chichén Itzá, México

Uxmal Pyramid HDR by J-a-x on Flickr.

Uxmal Pyramid HDR by J-a-x on Flickr.

18 Uxmal piramide dell’indovino, Yucatan, Messico,  agosto 2005 by tango- on Flickr.
029 Piramide dell’Indovino, Uxmal, Yucatan  (Mexico) by tango- on Flickr.
El Castillo by MadGrin on Flickr.Via Flickr:
El Castillo (Spanish for “The Castle”) is the nickname of a spectacular Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán.
Built by the Maya civilization sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries AD, “El Castillo” served as a temple to the god Kukulcan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl).
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, and are set off by shadows from the corner tiers on the spring and autumn equinoxes. The pyramid has 91 steps on three of the sides and 92 on the north staircase, which adds up to 365 steps, or days of the year.
The Mexican government restored the pyramid in the 1920s and 1930s, concurrent with the Carnegie Institution’s restoration of the Temple of Warriors. Archaeologists were able to reconstruct two sides of the pyramid in their entirety.
Mesoamerican cultures periodically built larger pyramids atop older ones, and this is one such example. In the mid 1930s, the Mexican government sponsored an excavation into El Castillo. After several false starts, they discovered a staircase under the north side of the pyramid. By digging from the top, they found another temple buried below the current one. Inside the temple chamber is a Chac Mool statue and a throne in the shape of jaguar, painted red with spots made of inlaid jade. The Mexican government excavated a tunnel from the base of the north staircase, up the earlier pyramid’s stairway to the hidden temple, and opened it to tourists.
In recent years, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which manages the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, has been closing monuments to public access. While visitors can walk around them, they can no longer climb them or go inside their chambers. Climbing El Castillo was halted in 2006 after a woman fell to her death. At the same time INAH closed the public access to the throne room.
When counting the top platform as another step, in total El Castillo has 365 steps, one step for each day of the approximated tropical year recorded by the portion of the Maya calendar known as the Haab’. The structure is 24 m high, plus an additional 6 m for the temple. The square base measures 55.3 m across.
The overall structure has nine levels, which may be a parallel to the Maya cosmological view of there being nine levels in the Maya ‘Underworlds’. We are led to believe this because of the staircase in the center of the pyramid having 13 levels, the number of levels in the “upper worlds”.[citation needed]
Today “El Castillo” is one of the most popular and recognized pre-Columbian structures in present-day Mexico.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Castillo,_Chichen_Itza

El Castillo by MadGrin on Flickr.

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El Castillo (Spanish for “The Castle”) is the nickname of a spectacular Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán.
Built by the Maya civilization sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries AD, “El Castillo” served as a temple to the god Kukulcan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl).
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, and are set off by shadows from the corner tiers on the spring and autumn equinoxes. The pyramid has 91 steps on three of the sides and 92 on the north staircase, which adds up to 365 steps, or days of the year.
The Mexican government restored the pyramid in the 1920s and 1930s, concurrent with the Carnegie Institution’s restoration of the Temple of Warriors. Archaeologists were able to reconstruct two sides of the pyramid in their entirety.
Mesoamerican cultures periodically built larger pyramids atop older ones, and this is one such example. In the mid 1930s, the Mexican government sponsored an excavation into El Castillo. After several false starts, they discovered a staircase under the north side of the pyramid. By digging from the top, they found another temple buried below the current one. Inside the temple chamber is a Chac Mool statue and a throne in the shape of jaguar, painted red with spots made of inlaid jade. The Mexican government excavated a tunnel from the base of the north staircase, up the earlier pyramid’s stairway to the hidden temple, and opened it to tourists.
In recent years, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which manages the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, has been closing monuments to public access. While visitors can walk around them, they can no longer climb them or go inside their chambers. Climbing El Castillo was halted in 2006 after a woman fell to her death. At the same time INAH closed the public access to the throne room.
When counting the top platform as another step, in total El Castillo has 365 steps, one step for each day of the approximated tropical year recorded by the portion of the Maya calendar known as the Haab’. The structure is 24 m high, plus an additional 6 m for the temple. The square base measures 55.3 m across.
The overall structure has nine levels, which may be a parallel to the Maya cosmological view of there being nine levels in the Maya ‘Underworlds’. We are led to believe this because of the staircase in the center of the pyramid having 13 levels, the number of levels in the “upper worlds”.[citation needed]
Today “El Castillo” is one of the most popular and recognized pre-Columbian structures in present-day Mexico.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Castillo,_Chichen_Itza