Pictures and Information about the Chichen Itza Pyramids in Mexico

Chichen Itza: A Pictorial Tour

Introduction

Chichen Itza is a Mayan ceremonial center in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It is a place of majesty and mystery. Human sacrifice took place here to appease ancient Gods. Enormous constructions bring wonder when considering that the Mayans did not use the wheel for such purposes. The tremendous civilization indicated by sites such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Coba, and Palanque vanished, but the Mayan people did not. It would be as if Manhattan were found abandoned but the inhabitants still lived around the city. The Mayans had the concept of zero, which is so vitally important to mathematics. The Mayans had books, most of which were destroyed by a well intentioned Bishop de Landa. Only four remain and are written on painted bark paper. The writing is pictorial using many glyphs. The books are called codices (codex in the singular). Other Mayan writings are seen on structures, stelae (stone posts), pottery vessels, and inside caves. In 1962, Sir Eric Thompson cataloged some 800 different hieroglyphic signs. Only gradually are archeologists breaking the code.

Here you will find "thumbnails" of several of the many impressive sights at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Click on the picture to see a larger size version. Use <BACK> on your browser to return to the small version. The larger size version will take longer to load but provides much greater detail than the "thumbnail" version.

The pictures are grouped to prevent the pages from taking too long to load. We hope that you enjoy your armchair journey to Chichen Itza, Mexico. Click on a Group to go to that page.

Group 1

The Caracol (Snail) 

The Mayan Arch 

The Palace of the Nuns 

The Cave Pyramid

Group 2

The Cenote Sagrado (Sacred Well)

The Temple of the Warriors

The Ball Court

Group 3

El Castillo (The Castle)

The Interior Jaguar

The Madrid Codex

Some interesting and, in some cases, little known Mayan facts

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