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Chichen Itza, MexicoChichen Itza. Image Attribution: Tomasz Wagner
This sacred and famous site was one of the greatest Maya centres of the Yucatán peninsula, and it bears the hallmarks of 1000 years of history. Many different peoples have left their mark on the city, the Maya and Toltec in particular, in the form of two distinct phases of architecture.
Chichen Itza's most famous structure is the later period "El Castillo" (Spanish for "The Castle") - a massive stepped pyramid. Other notable buildings include the Warriors’ Temple and the circular observatory known as "El Caracol", from where Maya astronomers would once have meticulously watched the heavens. The site was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.Read more about Chichen Itza at Heritage Key!