Kukulkan Pyramid

The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza, known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the seven new wonders of the world. Built by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries CE, El Castillo rises 25 meters above the plaza of Chichen Itza. The base of the pyramid is 55.5 meters on each side. It consists of nine tiers or graduated layers stacked on top of each other. Each tier is decorated with rectangular panels, 52 visible on each face. Each face has its own staircase, but the northern-facing one has two large serpent heads, representing the god Kukulcan, at the base. This is the staircase that faces the Platform of Venus as well as the Sacred Cenote. Each of the pyramid's four sides has 91 steps which, when added together and including the temple platform on top as the final "step", produces a total of 365 steps (which is equal to the number of days of the Haab' year). -Chichen-Itza, México, 2017-

Kukulkan Pyramid