Posted by: Michelle | March 16, 2010

Temples of Chichen Itza

In the spirit of my recent trip to Mexico, next on my list is Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. I enjoyed being in Mexico last week because I finally had the chance to use the Spanish I spent 10 years learning and perfecting, so I welcome the opportunity to go back to Mexico, especially to get a glimpse into a past civilization.

Chichen Itza is known for its pyramids, but the temples sound just as incredible. The largest temple, the Temple of the Warriors, is covered in intricate carvings of Toltec warriors and serpents, and surrounded by columns that extend into the encroaching jungle. The Temple of the Warriors is the only structure from the late classic Mayan period big enough for large gatherings. I love imagining the masses of Mayan people all joining together for a celebration or ceremony over a thousand years ago!

Temple of the Warriors

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