Chichen Itza was an extremely important pilgrimage site for 1000 years for the ancient Maya people. The Maya civilization began before 2000 BC and lasted until 1697 when the Spanish Empire conquered their last remaining city. The Maya people lived in southeastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador.
A woman raises her arms towards the sun to welcome the spring equinox while standing on the Pyramid of the Sun in the pre-hispanic city of Teotihuacan, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, March 2.
Visitors, many dressed in white, trudge up the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun, north of Mexico City, on Sunday to catch the first rays of the day and to celebrate the spring equinox.
The tangible, visible meaning of this pyramid is widely known, and in fact every equinox thousands of people flock to Chichen to watch a shadow-serpent appear and slither down the stairs of the northern balustrade. But this equinox appearance is not everything that’s going on here. In fact, as marvelous and awe-inspiring as this event is considered to be, the real meaning of the Pyramid of.
Photo about Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza Site, Mexico. Image of stone, american, indian - 34797574.
The highlight of Chichen Itza's Mayan ruins is the Kukulcan Pyramid, known as El Castillo. Mesoamerican cultures occasionally built larger pyramids on top of smaller ones, and this is the case for the 79-foot (24-meter) step pyramid of El Castillo, where an excavation discovered a temple with an elaborate jaguar throne. History and archaeology buffs would do well to choose a tour that combines.
The El Castillo pyramid steps appear to be the body of a snake during the equinox. Ancient Mayan pyramid, Kukulcan Temple at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The Aztecs migrated to the Mexican basin in 1325 CE. Spotting an eagle eating a snake, they built their city, Tenochtitlan, on the spot. Unfortunately it was on a swamp, and the modern capital, Mexico City, is sinking slowly. And Even More.
The pyramids are located in Teotihuacan, a sprawling pre-Hispanic ghost town 50 kilometres north of Mexico City. People from across the country and abroad make an annual pilgrimage to the ruins.