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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Wonders of the World


Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico

The mysterious Mayan site of Chichén Itzá was central to the ancient civilization between AD 750 and 1200. The rich and intricate complex of stepped pyramids, temples, columned arcades and other stone structures is the most popular tourist destination on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The most famous structure is the magnificent 78-foot-high (24m) Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo. Created as a physical calendar with 365 steps – one for each day of the year – during the spring and summer equinox, a shadow cast by the setting sun creates the illusion of a serpent slithering down the steps.

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