I went to Southern Mexico last spring break, including Cancun. And at Cancun,
i took one day trip to Chinchen Itza. I watched the movie《Doomsday (2008)》directed by Neil Marshall.
The last scene in the movie is happened in Chichen Itza pyramid, then the planet and humanity was both saved at the end of the world.
So in my In my impression, the Chinchen Itza pyramid is like mystery like Shangri-La. This mystery, however, is mixed with unpredictable unknown, and some kind of smell of evil.
Meanwhile, I had learned from books that there are three famous ancient civilizations in the Americas and the highest achievements of those will be the Mayan civilization, but also the most mysterious one.
In many Mayan ruins in America continent,Chichen Itza pyramid is one of the well-known one and any books about the Mayan civilization talks about Chichen Itza in details.
Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan civilization site group, more than 100 kilometers west of Cancun.
The most important building will be Castillo pyramid (also known as Quetzalcoatl pyramid, castle, Mayan pyramid, or pyramid, Mexico), built for the deity of Feathered Serpent.
It located the middle of Chichen Itza . The foundation of the pyramid was a square and four sides rise until the top of the temple like ladder.
I was told there that In the spring and autumn equinox,
when the sun rises, the shadow of the feathered serpent- would be casted on the corner of the building on the northern side of the pyramid ladder and would slide down with the position of the sun in the north.
I am not sure if it does happen, but i did see the photo of this even which is rare, happening many of years!
On the left side of the Castillo pyramid will be Great Ball Court
. It is said that the game can only use elbows, waist, hips or knees to touch the ball
. And to win, you have to make the ball through the seven-meter-high stone ring
.It seems strange that the winner will be worshiped Maybe human sacrifice is an extremely honorable thing may be for them.
There are more beautiful buildings like Temple of the Warriors & Group of a Thousand Columns in the site.
I walked almost two hours and still did not catch up every building in there.
These buildings had been as temples, palaces, stage, market, bath and stadium.
You should have a idea about the size of their city in thousand of years ago!