Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
Chichén Itzá was a large pre-Columbian Maya city in Yucatán State, Mexico. The city was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic Period (c. 600–900 CE) through the Terminal Classic (c.800–900 CE) and into the early portion of the Postclassic (c. 900–1200 CE). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of those seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities and may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.
The ruins today are federal property, and the site's stewardship is maintained by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. The land under the monuments had been privately owned until 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatán. Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 2.6 million tourists in 2017.
Here photographed: (left) Plataforma de las Aguilas y los Jaguares and (right) Plataforma de los Cráneos
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