Photo Hunt #134: Triangle

10 Jun

El Castillo

The pyramid at Chichen Itza
El Castillo (Kukulkan-Quetzalcoatl) a square-based step pyramid was built for astronomical purposes and during the vernal equinox (March 20) and autumnal equinox (Sept 21) the sun bathes the western balustrade of the pyramid’s main stairway. This causes seven isosceles triangles to form the body of a huge serpent 37 yards long that creeps downwards until it joins the huge serpent’s head at the bottom of the stairway. This is what they call the “symbolic descent of Kukulkan (the feathered serpent) – this is a huge tourist draw. Our tour guide in Puerto Vallarta informed us that one must make reservations for this event months in advance.

El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkan and is believed to have served as a calendar. Each of the structure’s four stairways contains 91 steps. When counting the top platform as another step, in total El Castillo has 365 steps, one step for each day of the year.

The structure is 24 m (78 ft) tall, plus and additional 6 m (20 ft) for the temple top for a total height of 30 m (98 ft). The square base measures 55.3 m (181 ft) across.

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in photo hunt


17 responses to “Photo Hunt #134: Triangle

  1. Sue St Clair

    June 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I love your choice for the theme! Such an interesting and unusual place 🙂

  2. Carver

    June 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    That’s a great choice and very interesting post. Happy weekend!

  3. Annie

    June 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    That’s a fantastic photo. I want to visit that pyramid someday. Happy weekend!

  4. JMB

    June 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Perfect shot for this week! Very impressive and interesting building.

    Happy weekend to you.

  5. YTSL

    June 11, 2011 at 1:42 am

    What an awesome structure — and you looked to have visited it on a beautiful day. 🙂

  6. Luna Miranda

    June 11, 2011 at 4:19 am

    wow, this is an impressive triangle.:p
    Kukulkan brings to mind the movie made by Mel Gibson—Apocalypto.

  7. upto6only

    June 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

    this is the best picture for this week’s theme. how i wish i could be there too. good thing my son got interested in Egypt that he requested that we buy a book.

    Happy Weekend

  8. Cildemer

    June 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

    A very interesting post and a fabulous shot!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Have a nice and happy weekend****

  9. Regina,PH

    June 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Happy weekend.

  10. jams o donnell

    June 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Now that is just superb. I ove it!

  11. healingmagichands

    June 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Wow! This is a wonderful choice for the theme and a very nice shot of it too. Thanks for brightening my day.

  12. magiceye

    June 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    that is indeed fascinating!

  13. Simba

    June 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Great pyramid. MY Grandpa was very interested in those kinds of things.

    See there are all sorts of other photo themes we didn’t know about.

    Thanks for the visit.

  14. srp

    June 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    It is so amazing that they could build so precisely without all the modern tricks of the trade.
    My lighthouse triangles are here.

  15. Susanne

    June 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Wow, I’ll bet that’s stunning up close!

  16. Gemma Wiseman

    June 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

    A most impressive structure! And loved all the information in your post too!

  17. docgelo

    June 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

    awesome take on the theme!
    ang husay talaga ng well-travelled! 😀


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