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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Chichen Itza - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Chichen Itza
Continent:    THE AMERICAS
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Mexico
Period:    Maya
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    500AD - 599AD
City/Town:    Chichen-Itza
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Chichen-Itza, Merida, Cancun,


Chichen Itza history
Stunningly well-preserved and imposingly beautiful, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most impressive historical sites.
A UNESCO World Heritage site based in the forests of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is actually made up of two cities built by two peoples, the Mayas and the Toltecs.
The site is made up of several surviving buildings including a circular observatory known as El Caracol, the Warriors’ Temple and El Castillo. Accounts vary as to the date of the first settlement at Chichen Itza, placing it between the 6th and 9th century AD when the Mayas built the original city including “The Building of the Nuns” and a church.
Chichen Itza was conquered by the Toltec King of Tula in the 10th century AD, accounting for the fusion in Maya and Toltec influences.
Chichen Itza also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Mexico.

Pics of  Chichen Itza....

 El Castillo dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site.

 Feathered serpent sculpture at the base of one of the stairways of El Castillo

 Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors

 The Jaguar Throne, inside the "El Castillo" pyramid


 The Castillo Temple, photograph by Teobert Maler, 1892.

 Excavations next to El Castillo began in 2009

 The serpent effect demonstrated during the night show with artificial lighting.

 The serpent effect observed during the 2009 spring equinox.

 Great Ball Court

 The tzompantli or Skull Platform

 The Temple of the Big Tables

 Cenote Sagrado

 Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors)

 Detail of Temple of the Warriors showing Chac Mool.

 Osario.

 Osario staircase

 "La Iglesia" in the Las Monjas complex

 "El Caracol" observatory temple

 Composite Laser scan image of Chichen Itza's Cave of Balankanche, showing how the shape of its great limestone column is strongly evocative of the World Tree in Maya mythological belief systems. Data from a National Science Foundation/CyArk research partnership

Painting of a relief, lower terrace columns, Temple of the Warriors, by Octavio Medellin (1907 – 1999), 1938. Artists have been attracted to Chichen Itza since its rediscovery.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Chan Chan - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Chan Chan
Continent:    THE AMERICAS
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Peru
Period:    Pre-Inca
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    1300AD - 1399AD
City/Town:    Trujillo
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Trujillo,


Chan Chan history
Chan Chan is an impressive site in Peru and the world’s largest adobe city as well as the largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas. As the capital of the ancient Chimu civilisation, Chan Chan was developed in around 1300 AD and would have reached its peak in the fifteenth century, after which the Chimu were overtaken by the Incas and the city was abandoned.
Still a vast site today, it is thought that Chan Chan was home to a population of tens of thousands, perhaps up to 100,000 people. Partly due to erosion, but also to mass looting, what remains is a shadow of the grandeur of the former city and yet is still an incredible sight.
Chan Chan is a labyrinth of dwellings, palaces, fortifications, streets, storehouses and temples, all organised into a well-planned city structure spanning approximately 20 square kilometres.
The buildings at Chan Chan were ornately decorated, adorned with elaborate friezes, some of which can still be seen today and which depict animals, mythical creatures and abstract shapes. Sadly, what cannot be seen now is any gold or silver which probably decorated many of these sites, as this has all been stolen.
Divided into four sections, one of the main areas of Chan Chan is Palacio Tschudi (the Tchudi Palace), which has been thoroughly – and some say overly – restored.
Many people who visit Chan Chan would choose to only see parts of the site, while enthusiasts may want to see it all – this requires either a guided tour or taking taxis to each part of the site. There is also a small Chan Chan Museum - Museo de Sitio - housing some finds from the site.
Today, Chan Chan is a World Heritage site listed by UNESCO on its “sites in danger” list. This site features as one of our Top Ten Tourist Attractions in Peru.

Chan chan view, capital of Chimor


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