Located in Mexico, Chichen Itza was named a World Heritage Site in the year 1988. In this article, you will learn about the top 9 interesting facts about Chichen Itza which I bet you did not know.
Things You Need To Know About Chichen Itza
The ruins of Chichen Itza are shreds of evidence of a remarkable city of the Maya empire in Central America. The pyramids, temples, arcades and other structures were sacred to the Maya. Moreso, it was their central urban center from 750 A.D. to 1200 A.D.
The Maya had advanced and unmatched astronomical skills. The Chichen Itza is one such example of their many feats in the similar field. They had such advanced skills that they could even predict solar eclipses. Till date, the visitors can find an impressive observatory structure for the same.
9 Interesting Facts You Did Not Know
- The temple of Chichen Itza has 365 steps – one for each year of the day. The four sides have 91 steps each and one step on the top summing up to 365.
- The meaning of Chichen Itza is ‘the mouth at the well of Itza.’ According to the Maya, ‘Itz’ means ‘magic’ and ‘a’ stands for ‘water’. So we can also define ‘Itza’ as ‘water magicians’.
- People believe that Chichen Itza was built on two natural sinkholes. The reason behind this being the all-year-round supply of water.
- One of the sinkholes that Chichen Itza sits on may have been used for sacrifice. The inhabitants made these sacrifices of women at times of drought to please the gods.
- The Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo, is the structure most known by people. This temple originally sits on another temple and is a glorious example of their astronomical accuracy.
- A shadow bearing the shape of a serpent falls on the pyramid twice a year on the Spring and Autumn equinoxes. With the setting of the sun, this snake descends to join a stone serpent head at the base of the pyramid.
- The Mayas greatly believed in the movements of Venus. As a result, they built a platform dedicated to Venus on the north of El Castillo.
- Chichen Itza is also famous for the unusual sounds. A sound similar to that of a serpent’s chirp is heard if you clap in front of the El Castillo.
- After centuries of urban prosperity, the city of Chichen Itza came to a mysterious end.
Planning On Visiting Chichen Itza? You Need To Note These Down!
- Avoid the Chichen Itza tours. You will need at least 3-4 hours to see all the places, so check with the tour how much time they will keep you there. You can also book a guide when you go there or buy a handbook to help you out.
- Reach the place before 8 a.m. The gates open at 8 o’clock and swarms of people pour in. So if you plan on seeing the place properly, be there on time.
- Do not go on Sundays. Mexican people get free entries on Sundays, so unless you are a local, avoid Sundays.
- Spring and Autumn equinoxes are an ideal time to visit Chichen Itza. You can see the incredible descent of the shadow serpent. The overpouring crowds at this time are the only minus point.
Almost 1.2 million people visit Chichen Itza annually with a record-breaking visit of 2.1 million people in 2017.