Photo By: Paul Nicklen (Links below).
What a beautiful capture by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen. In the Mexican jungles of the Yucatan lie the ancient ruins of the Mayan people, one of those ruins is the city of Chichen Itsa. I have personally been here three times but unfortunately never at night as I would have loved to explore and photograph the ruins from the different landmarks (Especially the observatory).
In the background is the famous El Castillo and perfectly lit in the foreground is the Platforma De Venus (Platform of Venus). That’s right; it’s dedicated to the planet Venus (Represented as the Morning Star). The following is an excerpt from the actual Chichen Itza web page on the Platform of Venus…… http://www.chichenitza.com/
Also known as the Venus Platform. There are 2 different structures with this name at Chichen Itza. The first and better known one is located in the Great Plaza (Plaza of the Castle). A second Venus Platform is located near the Grave of High Priest.
The Venus Platform is very similar to the one of the same name in the Plaza of the Castle. In the corner of one of its panels, there is a relief of Serpent Bird Man, which is considered to be the Quetzalcoatl-Kukulkan’s representation as the ‘Morning Star’. Towards the stairway, one can observe the matting, which symbolizes power, and in the corners can be seen what has been interpreted as the Knotting of the Years alongside the Venus planet.
The platform was originally painted in ochre, blue, red, green, and black. An offering, consisting of a skull of a decapitated man, was found in the stairway on east.
The Round Platform, one of the few buildings so shaped in Chichen Itza, held a small stone-paved area and a container with offerings.
The function of these buildings was probably as podiums for rites, ceremonies or dances.
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