Thursday, October 23, 2003

Chichen Itza

Well, in the other digital photography we brought back from the Yucatan, I have some images of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. It's another World Heritage Site, and a truly impressive place to visit. It's amazing at the level of sophistication of a civilization that abandoned this site nearly half a millenium before the Spaniards arrived.

Seeing this ruined observatory was particulary striking. What's interesting is that the Mayans never seemed to have developed the telescope...



The Mayans also loved their sporting events. This is the largest of the ball courts at Chichen Itza. I took this picture to show where our season tickets would have been...



People told us they were going to stop letting tourists climb the big pyramid within the next year or so...



We were glad we got to climb it before the ban went into effect. The view was very nice...

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