07/07/20081st. Anniversary of Chichen Itza as one of the New 7 Wonders

One year ago, the New7Wonders Foundation released the list of the New 7 Wonders of the Modern World, which included Chichen Itza’s Castle or Temple of Kukulcan.

From Yucatec Maya: Chi’ch’èen Ìitsha’, “At the mouth of the well of the Itza” is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Chichen Itza was a major regional focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period.

On the Spring and Fall equinox, at the rising and setting of the sun, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent - Kukulcan, or Quetzalcoatl - along the side of the North staircase. On these two days, the shadows from the corner tiers slither down the northern side of the pyramid with the sun’s movement.

Fall equinox at El Castillo, Chichen Itza Photo: Erandeni Abundis