Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was a pyramid built by the Mayas and was named after one of their supreme Gods Kukuclan, also known as Quetzalcoat. It is 90 feet tall and was built for astromical and religious purposes. Each side of the pyramid has two sets of stairs, each set having 91 steps including the one at the very top. All the steps add up to 365, each step being a day in the year. Many tourists visit this building, one of the reasons for this is because of the strange echoes and sounds it makes when someone claps near it.

No one is certain if the Mayas built it in this way intentionally or accidentally. One theory suggests that they got the idea of how to make it in the way that it echoes through many years of trial and improvement, and that they built Chichen Itza this way on purposely. Now, if they clapped with their hands to the pyramid, they would be rewarded with the sound of the messenger of the God Kukuclan, who was depicted as a serpent bird.The living representation of Kukuclan or Quetzalcoat, was the quetzal bird, also known as the feathered serpent. It was made a crime, punishable by death, to kill a quetzal.

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