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  Chichen Itza - Wikitravel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chichen Itza is the largest of the ruined cities of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Chichen Itza remained a place of pilgrimage for the Maya until it was conquered by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century.
By road, Chichen Itza is on the main highway between the capital city of Merida, Yucatan and Cancun.
wikitravel.org /en/Chichen_Itza   (903 words)

 ipedia.com: Chichen Itza Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chichen was a major center by about 600 in the middle of the Maya Classic period, but the city saw its greatest growth and power after the Maya sites of the central lowlands to the south had already collapsed.
Chichen Itza also has a variety of other structures densely packed in the ceremonial center of about 5km 2 (2 square miles) and several outlying subsidiary sites.
Chichen Itza is today a World Heritage Site and is a very popular tourist destination; it is the most visited of the major Maya archaelogical sites.
www.ipedia.com /chichen_itza.html   (1108 words)

 Chichen Itza Encyclopedia Article @ HigherPower.org (Higher Power)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the Yucatec Maya language (still in use in the area, and written with the Roman alphabet since the 16th century) this stress follows the normal rules of the language, and so it is written without diacritics.
Chichen's "Temple of the Warriors" was clearly built as a copy of Temple B at the Toltec capital of Tula, although thanks to the Maya architects is grander than the original.
Thompson bought Chichen Itza (as the ruins had no protected status then) and moved there with his Maya wife, and spent some 30 years doing amateur archeology there, including dredging the first artifacts out of the Sacred Cenote.
higherpower.org /encyclopedia/Chichen_Itza   (835 words)

 Tour By Mexico ® - Chichen - Itza Archaeological Zone in Yucatan State, Mexico
The name Chichen - Itza is derived from the Mayan language: "Chi" - mouth, "Chen" - well and "Itza" - the tribe that inhabited the area.
When the Spaniards arrived to Chichen - Itza, it had been abandoned as a consequence of the civil war fought with Mayapan.
There are hotels at Chichen - Itza, Piste (village 1 mile beyond the ruins) and Valladolid (25 miles beyond the ruins).
www.tourbymexico.com /yucatan/chichen/chichen.htm   (697 words)

 Archaeological Sites
The sacred city of the Itza, called Chichen-Itza (chee-chehn eet-sah) in Maya, is located 75 miles east of Merida, the Capital of the State of Yucatan, Mexico.
The Itza people abandoned their city by the end of the 7th century A.D. and lived on the west coast of the peninsula for about 250 years.
In 1194, Mayapan broke the alliance and subdued Chichen and Uxmal.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/archaeology/sites/meso_america/chichenitza.html   (643 words)

 Chichen Itza Page One
Chichen Itza (Chee-chen-eet-sa) Is one of the few Maya ruins which retains its original name as given to us by the Maya and not by the Spainards or archaeologists.
Chichen Itza shows evidence of being built as early as about 600 AD with most of its building being built in about the the seventh through tenth centuries.
Chichen Itza may have been the capital for an association of warring groups of invaders who came to this place in kind of an uneasy alliance.
www.delange.org /ChichenItza/ChichenItza.htm   (602 words)

 Travel in Chichen Itza - Mexico - History - WorldTravelGate.net®-
Chichen Itza was primarily a rain forest area settled on flat, porous limestone that rain seeped through to became trapped in the insolvent bedrock below.
Chichen Itza, like most Mayan centers, was primarily a spiritual, ceremonial site instead of a commercial area.
Chichen Itza's architecture is seen to have two distinctive styles; traditional Mayan architecture, and more recent Toltec architecture.
www.americatravelling.net /mexico/chichen_itza/chichen_itza_history.htm   (585 words)

 Chichen Itza ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula - Undiscovered Mexico
During the Late Classic period, from 600 to 950 A.D., Chichen Itza was inhabited purely by Mayans.
Following the Toltec occupation, the Itzaes, a less cultured people, took over Chichen Itza around 1200 A.D. One of their leaders moved his political capital to Mayapán, west of the city, and kept Chichen Itza as a religious capital.
Chichen Itza is located in the town of Piste, just 1.5 km (1 mile) from the town center.
www.undiscoveredmexico.com /archaeology/chichenitza.html   (820 words)

 Chichen Itza, Archaeological Sites of Mexico   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chichen Itza is the largest of the Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Yucatán, Mexico.
Built into one of the exterior walls of the ballcourt is the Temple of the Jaguar, which features another jaguar throne -- since this one was not buried for a thousand years, its red paint and jade spots are long since gone.
Chichen Itza also has a variety of other structures densely packed in the ceremonial center of about 5 km² (2 mile²) and several outlying subsidiary sites.
www.magicaljourneys.com /Mexico/mexico-interest-chichenitza.html   (1389 words)

 Chichen Itza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
By 900 A.D. and under the Maya, Chichén Itzá is a thriving metropolis of 50,000 inhabitants.When the toltecs invaded Chichen Itza about 1000 A.D. they brought with them human sacrifice, and a military discipline not known to the Maya.
Everywhere at Chichen Itza one encounters strong, silent testimony to the power and achievements of this remarkable civilization.
Indulge yourself in our Chichen Itza Hotel Mayaland, located in the center of the Archaeological Zone of Chichen Itza, or stay at our sister Chichen Itza ResortThe Mayaland Lodge a few steps from the Archaeological Zone.
www.mayaland.com /chichenitza.htm   (913 words)

 Guide to Chichen Itza Archaeology Park
This is Mexico's most extensively restored archaeological site and the ancient city of Chichen Itza (with the accent the latter part of each word) is one of the most awe-inspiring archaeological places you are likely to visit.
Chichen Viejo - Literally meaning "old Chichen", is the oldest part of the city has some interesting structures which date to the pre-Toltec times.
The closest Airport to Chichen Itza is Cancun or Merida.
www.mexperience.com /guide/archaeology/chichenitza.htm   (1070 words)

 Pyramid of Kulkulkan/Quetzalcoatl   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
While the earliest archaeological artifacts thus far found at Chichen Itza date from AD 1 to 250, it is probable that the site was settled at a far earlier time.
As a Maya social center, Chichen Itza began its rise to prominence with the arrival of a seafaring people in the eighth century.
Previous to the research of Schele and Freidel, the scholarly interpretation of the history of Chichen Itza held that the city was occupied several times by various groups of people, beginning with the Maya and ending with Toltec invaders from the city of Tula in central Mexico.
www.sacredsites.com /americas/mexico/chichen_itza.html#   (1324 words)

 Chichen Itza - Yucatan Today - Mayan Ruins in Mexico
As the most famous of the Mayan pyramids on the Yucatan peninsula, Chichen Itza has been studied extensively and is the most popular Mayan ruin in Mexico.
Try to visit Chichen Itza early in the morning or late in the afternoon, as the sun can be punishing at midday.
At the entrance to Chichen Itza, there is an informative museum, a dining room, clean restrooms, a few giftshops and vendor stands.
www.yucatantoday.com /destinations/eng-chichen-itza.htm   (825 words)

 Chichen Itza Piste Travel Information
There is camping at The Piramide Inn, which is approximately 1 kilometer [about a half mile] from the Chichen Itza ruins at the entrance to the Mexican National Archaeological Zone.
Chichen Itza is the most visited and by far the most famous of all Mayan archeology sites.
This is an older part of Chichen Itza, which has been partially excavated and is NOT open to the public [at this time].
www.travelyucatan.com /piste_chichen_itza.php   (1125 words)

 Chichen Itza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Other explorers who studied Chichen were: Francisco Montejo, "The Advanced", the conqueror of Yucatan in 1527; Stephens and Caterwood, in 1841-42,; Le Plongeon in 1875; Maudslay, Maler and others took care of divulging this Maya city to the world.
Among the buildings of outstanding beauty and worthy of being seen are: The Castle, a pyramid 60 meters on each side and 24 meters in height and ending in an flattened summit.
This, together with other temples with Toltec elements, is the reason that Chichen is considered as the city of Yucatan with the most influence of the Toltec culture.
www.cancunblast.com /chichenitza.html   (2303 words)

 Chichen Itza, La Piramide de Kukulkan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The entrance that leads to the inner structure is located at the base of the northern side of the exterior pyramid.
Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological site of the mystical Maya-Toltec civilizations.
The Hotel Chichen down the road was more reasonable, we ate a couple meals there.
www.concentric.net /~yohon/chichenitza.html   (1160 words)

 Exotic and Mysterious Places
Chichen Itza was founded in the dawn of the 6th century by the Itzan.
While still shrouded in mystery, Chichen Itza is believed to have been a center of culture, trade, and ceremonial worship.
The Maya "blood sport," played on the Ball Court at Chichen Itza was the forerunner of several modern sports, including soccer, basketball, lacrosse and jai-alai.
www.zuko.com /exotic_n_mysterious.htm   (1458 words)

 Chichen Itza - helpful tips & insights by a travel authority
They invented the calendar, devised a hieroglyphic-style writing system, had observatories to map the stars, and built thriving cities like Chichen Itza in the midst of the relentless tropical jungle.
For reasons unknown, Chichen Itza was abandoned in the 10th century - and was soon overrun by jungle growth.
Other Chichen Itza highlights include the wide-and-deep sacrificial Cenote well (human victims were tossed into it alive) and the embellished Ball Court (competing teams tried to hurl a ball through a tiny ring hung high on the wall).
www.hillmanwonders.com /chichen_itza/chichen_itza.htm   (189 words)

 Chichen Itza Hotel - Hacienda Chichen Resort - Yucatan Mexico
Hacienda Chichen Resort is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, about 100 kilometers east of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan.
It is located next door to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and allows its guests access to the back entrance of the ruins.
Staying at Hacienda Chichen Resort is more than having a delicious meal of local cuisine or sleeping in a comfortable bed with cotton sheets.
www.haciendachichen.com   (276 words)

 Chichen-Itza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Itza is the name of the people who, it is believed, conquered the original inhabitants of Chichen and then held power there for over 300 years.
At the same time in Chichen, and all over the Yucatan peninsula, while Europe slunk into the Dark Ages, the Maya were building observatories, temples, nunneries, ball courts, administrative buildings, stone-paved roads, and marketplaces.
Chichen was founded in 435 AD by the Maya, with the first structures being built between 495 and 625.
www.artist-at-large.com /yucatanchichen.htm   (1157 words)

 Cancun Hotels, Cancun Mayan Riviera, Riviera Maya
One of the pleasures of discovering Chichen Itza lies is in discovering the new finds being uncovered by archaeologists every day.
The construction which most identifies and symbolizes Chichen Itza is the Castle of Kukulcan.
Its importance is seen in its location in the center of the main square, its height, and the stairways on the four sides.
www.cancunmayariviera.com /chichen.html   (788 words)

 GORP - Made Up of Time - Mayan Mexico
Chichen Itza translates to mean"mouth of the well of Itza." Chichen is the best known, best restored, and arguably most impressive Mayan ruin.
Chichen had two principal wells, or cenote: one sacred and the other profane.
The ruins are from the post-classic era of Mayan civilization, and are not as fine as those at Chichen or Palenque.
gorp.away.com /gorp/location/latamer/mexico/arc_maya.htm   (1738 words)

 Chichen Itza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The picture above is an imagined panorama of Chichen Itza by Dr.
The reason this view is imagined because at no point, from any of the ruins in Chichen Itza, is it possible to view all of the ruins.
In fact, Chichen Itza takes it's name from the Mayan words Chi (mouth) and Chen (well), and literally translates to Mouth of the Well of the Tribe of Itza.
puffin.creighton.edu /museums/cohagan/chichenitza.htm   (165 words)

 CULTUREFOCUS: Ancient Maya. Pictures and history of Tikal, Palenque, Chichen Itza.
One such group were the Itza who settled at Chichen Itza.
The cult of the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl was introduced and the deity became known to the Maya as Kukulkan.
The impressive Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo, at Chichen Itza was dedicated to the cult of the feathered serpent deity.
www.culturefocus.com /guatemala.htm   (1017 words)

 Chichen Itza Mexico Mayan Ruins Maya History
Many people avoid the crowded ruins of Chichen Itza, and there is reason for that.
Chichen Itza, not only has one of the best preserved and rebuilt pyramids of the Mayan world, El Castillo, but it is home to many other impressive groups.
It is widely agreed that Chichen Itza was first populated between 500 and 900 AD by Mayans and for some reason abandoned around 900, the city was then resettled 100 years later and subsequently invaded by Toltecs from the North.
www.cancunsouth.com /cit_chichen.html   (785 words)

 Chichen Itza: Mayan ruins, Yucatan, Mexico~ photos & history, LocoGringo.com
(chee-chehn eet-sah) in Maya, was the sacred city of the Itza.
Located 75 miles east of Merida, the Capital of the State of Yucatan, Mexico, this archaeological site is rated among the most important of the Maya culture and covers an area of approximately six square miles where hundreds of buildings once stood.
Mexican researcher Luis El Arochi calls it "the symbolic descent of Kukulkan" (the feathered serpent), and believes it could have been connected with agricultural rituals.
www.locogringo.com /past_spotlights/apr2002.html   (698 words)

 Chichen - Hotels in Merida and Chichen Itza - Hotel Casa del Balam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico; Post-Classic; AD10c-1224 Toltecs found a central Mexican-type culture in Chichen Itza and brought still more
Mayan Pyramid of Kukulkan - The Castle of Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl at Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza is the largest of the ruined cities of the pre-Columbian Maya Many tourists visit Chichen Itza as a day trip, especially from Cancun,
www.openmoon.com /om/chichen.html   (196 words)

 Chitchen Itza
Chichen Itza is a Mayan ceremonial center in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
The tremendous civilization indicated by sites such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Coba, and Palanque vanished, but the Mayan people did not.
Here you will find "thumbnails" of several of the many impressive sights at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
www.usboomers.com /Chichen_Itza_Travelogue.htm   (296 words)

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