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7 (Seven) Wonders of the World-Chichen Itza site aztec ruins-Yucatan-Mexico

Updated on November 27, 2011

Chichen Itza - The ancient Mayan Capital

 For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is known to the capital city of the Mayan civilisation and remains possibly their most sacred of places in their hearts.

The Mayan people have always been an interesting civilsation for architectural scholars and those interested in the mysteries of the ancients. The Mayans were an enlightened people and much of this is seen in their use of symbolism in their architecture.

Devout believers in their Gods, lead to a cultural necessity to build these amazing sets of architectural marvel and perhaps being a distinct design has lead to the tremendous amount of interest in Chichen Itsa making this one of the 7 Wonders of the World

7 Wonders of the World

7 Wonders of the World
7 Wonders of the World

Chichen Itza - The Observatory

The infamous Observatory at Chichen Itza in Yucatan Mexico
The infamous Observatory at Chichen Itza in Yucatan Mexico

The Mayan civilisation and Chichen Itza

This Mesoamerican site is located in the plateau in the eastern sector of Cancun in Mexico and is a must to visit for any discerning traveller wishing to partake in the awe of the ancient buildings of a lost civilisation.

The Ancient Mayans are synonymous as being stargazers and have inserted much of their cultural belief into their architecture which is evident in much of the Ancient ruins of the Chichen Itza. The Pyramid of Kukulcan is an amazing feat in itself as the shadows cast during the Spring Equinox and Autumn Solstice align perfectly to create imagery distinctly symbolic of a serpent entering the ground amongst the ruins. This can be seen by the shadow cast onto the steps of the pyramid.

Alongside the pyramid is perhaps the largest ball field or courtyard in most mesoamerican discoveries and is perhaps one of the very first sportsfields in history.Perhaps even older than the Colosseum. The ball court is known as the Juego de Pelota and spans 168 meters of length and approximately 70 meters of width.

 

Handy Travel Guides for Mexico

Read More on the other 7 Wonders of the World

The other Wonders of the World are currently recognised as follows

Click on the name in the list to read more about it.

The Great Wall of China

Machu Picchu in Peru

The Colosseum of Italy

The Great Pyramids of Giza/Gizeh in Egypt

The Taj Mahal of India

Petra in Jordan

Thousand Columns Ruins -Chichen Itza

The ruins of the infamous Thousand Columns at Chichen Itza
The ruins of the infamous Thousand Columns at Chichen Itza

Some additional Aztec reading

Aztec Influences

The Ancient Mayan people were of a humble nature and revered the abilities of mother nature to provide for their every need. Their Aztec roots meant that they were navigators and had a fond association and certain similarities to most of the other recognised star gazing civilisations. Their culture was similar in manner to the belief systems of the Egyptian Ancients and perhaps even the first Greek Gods in that they believed that the earth and their spirit were closely intertwined.

By having similar values to other ancient civilisations, it is easy for us to find temples and structures attributed to those that they thanked for the abundance of food and materials in the cities. As there was not really much need for traditional weaponry, the metals used were more suitably crafted into building tools and sculpturing tools. This has helped us to understand a little more of this lost civilisation through their cities that remain standing over so many centuries.

video footage of Chichen Iza Aztec Ruins

Hoilday Vacation in Chichen Itza in Mexico

For the average American, a trip into Mexico is probably one of the cheapest vacation destinations one could choose. Most people who live in states nearby are unaware of the Aztec ruins of the ancient mayam civilzation that marvel the city of Cancun and often the beaches of Cancun in Mexico are visited with oblivious notice of the Chichen Itza Aztec ruins that are a short taxi ride away.

If you enjoyed reading this article, please rate it up and if you would like to read more about the other 7 Wonders of the World, please feel free to follow the links above.

Thanks for reading Dale

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