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Room of the Immaculate Conception

Room of the Immaculate Conception by Francis Podesti (1800-1895) to celebrate the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Pius IX, 1854. The artist, along with his team of workers, worked on the commission from 1856 to 1865, planning it and following its execution in all its aspects: the wooden doors and window frames and the inlaid marble work, as well as the installation of the Roman mosaic from Ostia Antica, purchased specifically for this space. The ceiling, allegorical scenes alluding to the virtues of the Virgin; the east wall, with the Coronation of the Image of Mary, the northern wall with the homage of the continents to the Church enthroned; the west wall, devoted to the Discussion of dogma in St. Peter's Basilica.

2017-03-13
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Kukulkan Pyramid, El Castillo

Dominating the North Platform of Chichen Itza is the Temple of Kukulkan (a Maya feathered serpent deity), usually referred to as El Castillo ("the castle"). This step pyramid stands about 30 metres (98 ft) high and consists of a series of nine square terraces, each approximately 2.57 metres (8.4 ft) high, with a 6-metre (20 ft) high temple upon the summit.During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the late afternoon sun strikes off the northwest corner of the pyramid and casts a series of triangular shadows against the northwest balustrade, creating the illusion of a feathered serpent "crawling" down the pyramid.

2016-11-14
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Kukulkan Pyramid, El Castillo
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El Castillo Kukulkan Pyramid 2

The sides of the pyramid are approximately 55.3 metres (181 ft) at the base and rise at an angle of 53°, although that varies slightly for each side. The four faces of the pyramid have protruding stairways that rise at an angle of 45°. The talud walls of each terrace slant at an angle of between 72° and 74°. At the base of the balustrades of the northeastern staircase are carved heads of a serpent

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El Castillo Kukulkan Pyramid 2
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Temple of the Jaguar

Built into the east wall are the Temples of the Jaguar. The Upper Temple of the Jaguar overlooks the ball court and has an entrance guarded by two, large columns carved in the familiar feathered serpent motif. Inside there is a large mural, much destroyed, which depicts a battle scene. In the entrance to the Lower Temple of the Jaguar, which opens behind the ball court, is another Jaguar throne

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Venus Platform

This Platform of Venus is dedicated to the planet Venus. In its interior archaeologists discovered a collection of large cones carved out of stone, the purpose of which is unknown. This platform is located north of El Castillo, between it and the Cenote Sagrado in Chichen Itza.

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Temple of the Warriors

The Temple of the Warriors complex consists of a large stepped pyramid fronted and flanked by rows of carved columns depicting warriors.
Along the south wall of the Temple of Warriors are a series of columns. The columns are in three distinct sections: A west group, a north group and a northeast group.
To the south of the Group of a Thousand Columns is a group of three, smaller, interconnected buildings.

2016-11-14
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Ball Court in Chichen Itza (2)

The Great Ball Court is about 150 metres (490 ft) to the north-west of the Castillo in Chichen Itza.
At the base of the high interior walls are slanted benches with sculpted panels of teams of ball players. In one panel, one of the players has been decapitated; the wound emits streams of blood in the form of wriggling snakes.

2016-11-14
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