The Mayans were expert at predicting solar phenomena, such as eclipses, equinoxes and when the Sun reached its apex.
As the Mayans believed that the will and actions of the Gods could be read in the stars, moon and planets, they dedicated much time studying, recording and interpreting every aspect of the sky. Therefore many of their most important buildings were constructed with astronomy in mind.
The Mayans succeeded in an almost impossible mission with the completion of their structures at Chichen Itza. A poetic combination of form, style, function, religion, philosophy, mathematics and geometry. A true symbiosis of all of their intelligence and art in one location, to be studied and admired by all that visit. By far the most impressive aspect of the Pyramid of Kukulcan is its relationship with the sun and how it reflects the equinoxes and solstices of our solar year with stunning accuracy (1).
As the equinox sun sets, a play of light and shadow creates the appearance of a snake that gradually undulates down the stairway of the pyramid. This diamond-backed snake is composed of seven or so triangular shadows, cast by the stepped terraces of the pyramid. The sinking sun seems to give life to the sinuous shadows, which make a decidedly snaky pattern on their way down the stairs.
Chichen Itza is considered a World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. This is definitely a must do when visiting The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres.
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