Old Panoramas

Here are a few of our panoramas from our visit to Chichen Itza.  At the link there is also a map showing the approximate location of each photo.  Our location is the green pin.  Other visitors are located by the red pins.  You can see their panoramas by clicking on the different red pins. 

I thought that since we had no wifi or cellular, the locations of the photos would be lost.  It turns out that while we could not see the locations on a map at the time, (map is net provided) the iPad remembered the GPS coordinates so that when we had net access again it showed them on a map.  Please understand that hand held electronic calculators which could add and subtract appeared in my sophomore year in college.  In my youth, as far as I was concerned, freeze dried coffee was a technological marvel.

Here you go:

This is a view of a large courtyard east of the main pyramid  The purpose of this is open to conjecture.  I think the trees are modern weeds.  The scale of this should give a hint that Chichen Itza had wealth.

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Here is a long colonnade on the periphery of the central space with the pyramid.  The fitting of the column stones is interesting in that while they controlled the outside surface, they accepted the irregularity of the mating surfaces and filled the irregularities with a rubble and cement mix that is particular to each fitting on each column.  I suspect that they may have once had some kind of plaster finish that hid what we see today.

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Below is a view from one end of the ball court, with the main pyramid in the distance.

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Below is the famous ball court.  If you look carefully you will see about half way along the walls a stone ring high on the wall on each side.  I’m told the first Harry Potter director was from Mexico. The story that is told is that two teams played with a 2” diameter rubber ball and the object of the game was to send the ball through the ring.  Our guide said that the captain of the winning team was sacrificed.  There are thousands of people who visit this site every day.  I’m not sure our guide’s account is correct, though it would not surprise me if some form of sacrifice were part of the entertainment.  Whether our guide’s claims were correct and certain, should not detract from the stunning character and sporting purpose of this space.

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Here finally is the main pyramid.  It is actually two pyramids.  There is a smaller one inside this one which was built over the smaller one.  The panorama gives a good look at what a large and important space this was.  You could probably fit the Acropolis in here and have space left over.

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