Mayan Civilisation: Unprecedented Constructions

Like many other ancient civilisations, such as the Greeks and Egyptians, the Maya have astonished millions with their unique and spectacular style of architecture. Spanning several thousand years, the Maya built large cities from their growth and power from their religious and bureaucratic practices. One city in particular, Chichen Itza, is Mexico’s largest tourist destination for an archaeological site with an estimated 1.2 million visitors each year!

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Images of Chichen Itza

One of the most noticeable creations of the Maya are their distinctive stepped pyramids. These pyramids were built to dedicate deity’s, whose shrine sat on the peak of the pyramid, some towering over two-hundred feet tall, for example El Mirador. Like other marvelling constructions, its amazing how this ancient civilisation could build such amazing infrastructures. Something that can be speculated to be unimaginable in today’s age with our technology, theoretical knowledge and practices.

El Mirador Jaguar temple

El Mirador

In addition, to housing shrines, some pyramids were also home to some remarkable tombs, one in particular is the one tomb of the Pakal. Located in the largest pyramid in the site of Palenque, the Temple of the Inscriptions is said to be a monument to celebrate the reign of Pakal, he was given the name “Mayan astronaut” from the picture depicted on the lid of his tomb.

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Temple of the Inscriptions

The video below shows the discovery.

Other remarkable constructions include observatories, used to map out phases of celestial objects such as the moon. In relation, many temples have doorways and other features that align to celestial events. in addition, the Maya had ball-courts,  caves and palaces.

Sources:

Documentary: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/mystery-of-the-maya/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_architecture

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