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Chichen Itza is currently included in an international campaign known as the New Seven Wonders
of the World. Using modern communications technology including the internet,
the world’s population is joining together to vote for the New 7 Wonders of the world.
It is a goal of this project that at the New7Wonders Final Event on 07.07.07 Chichen Itza will
be included in the Official Declaration as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World!
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Mouth of the Well of Itza:
"Visit Mexico" and the "Chichen Itza exhibit" exists to raise awareness and promote preservation of this ancient world heritage site. Monuments in jeopardy in our real world, many in a dangerous state of decay, can be saved by publicizing their beauty and highlighting their plight to the international community. The Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza, Mexico is a world treasure worth seeing, remembering and preserving.
Plaza of 1000 Columns:
The Temple of the Warriors was built by the end of 800 A.D. It is located on the eastern plaza of the central plain of Chichen Itza. The Temple of the Warriors is flanked by 1000 carved columns depicting fallen warriors. Near the Warriors is a large plaza surrounded by pillars called "The Great Market". Vendor stands featuring replications of ancient Mayan artifacts and traditional Mexican goods thrived near the base of the pyramid.
Chichen Itza has uncovered sweat house ruins or Temezcals , some believed to be over 1200 years old. Though crumbled brick and potshards can tell us little of sweat house rites and ceremonies, the layout of the ruins gives us some idea of importance. The sweat lodge ceremony, older than recorded history, is practiced in some form by every culture in the world. Our ancient ancestors established the thermal bath in order to facilitate healing, purification and relaxation in their lives.
The Sacred Cenote:
Cenote (say-NO-tay) is the Spanish equivalent of the Yucatecan Mayan word for a water-filled, limestone sinkhole. In Mexico's northern Yucatan Peninsula, where are few lakes or streams, cenotes provided a stable supply of water for the ancient Maya people who settled there. The great city of Chichen Itza was built around a cluster of these natural wells, including the one known as the “Sacred Cenote”. Sacred to the worshipers of the Mayan rain god Chaac, the “Sacred Cenote” is one of two remaining, famous cenotes in Chichen Itza. Excavations of the area have revealed many objects and materials in the cenotes including pottery shards, jade and incense. It was believed that these items were thrown into the cenote as offerings to Chaac.