Photo of El Castillo Pyramid of Kukulcan or Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.
The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo), Chichen Itza, Mexico is the Mayan name for the Feathered Serpent God also known as Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs. Late classic Mayan culture 11-13th A.D.
"El Castillo Pyramid (The Castle pyramid) has special astronomical significance and layout. Each face of the pyramid has a stairway with ninety-one steps, which together with the shared step of the platform at the top; add up to 365, the number of days in a year. These stairways also divide the nine terraces of each side of the pyramid into eighteen segments, representing the eighteen months of the Mayan calendar. The pyramid's design reflects the equinoxes and solstices of our solar year in a spectacular game of light and shadow. During the equinoxes, the setting sun casts a shadow of a serpent on the northern steps of the pyramid.
The Castle, aka The Pyramid of Kukulkan or the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl (another name for Kukulkan from the Toltecs) is believed to be built before 800 AD and the architecture is Toltec-Mayan.
El Castillo (castle in Spanish) sheds light on the Mayans impressive astronomical knowledge. It is, in reality, a solar calendar. There are 91 steps on each side and 1 for the roof/altar. Each day's shadows fall upon a different step."
Location of picture - Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico
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