Plaza Sur, Chichen-Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, 2008

Structures on this south plaza in so called "chichen viejo" [old] are from the early classic cultural period of Maya civilization [400-800 ad]. Most of them are temples dedicated to the chack [Mayan rain god] with typical trunk like nose. In several spots dates are inscribed and a last one is 879 ad well before arrival of Toltecs [their leader was Cuculcan]. Buildings here, are quite different from the rest in Chichen-Itza and the rest of the Mayan world. They are decorated with stone, very dificult technique in the civilization that was using shaped obsidian chisels to do it.

Atmosphere is very enjoyable in this almost completlely inclosed little square and with little imagination it is not hard to invision everyday activities of "nobels" performing their ceremonies here.

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sociability
7
ceremonial
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uses & activities
7
religious
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access & linkages
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social
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comfort
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residential
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image
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court yard
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tourist value
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with park
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total
52
street, shopping
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Last time updated on Saturday, January 31, 2015, 3:05 PM