This sacred site, Chichén Itzá, was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatán peninsula. Chichen Itza means “at the mouth of the well of the Itza” in the Itza language. Six square miles where hundreds of buildings once stood, but about thirty may still be seen by tourists. The buildings are connected by a dense network of formerly paved roads, called sacbeob. Dominating the center of Chichén is the Temple of Kukulkan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl), often referred to as “El Castillo”.
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