|"The "Sacred Well," or "Well Of Sacrifice," Cenote, of Chichen Itza. After A Rain.|
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Cenotes are surface connections to subterranean water bodies. While the best-known cenotes are large open water pools measuring tens of meters in diameter, such as those at Chichén Itzá, the greatest number of cenotes are smaller sheltered sites and do not necessarily have any surface exposed water.
The Mayas gave them the name, dzonot, which the conquering Spaniards translated as cenote.
Chichen Itza (Chee-chen-eet-sa) About 550 yards north of the Castillo at the end of the sacbe is the "Sacred Well" or Well Of Sacrifice" of Chichen Itza. It is 285 feet in diameter and 60 feet from rim to water level. Its depth is about 40 feet. There is a small temple on the south side called the Temple Of The Xtoloc (lizard).
During times of drought the Maya had a custom of throwing people into the well as a sacrifice. Skeletons of men women and children have been recovered from the well. Also items of gold and jade have been recovered.
One structure we looked at near the Cenote, was the Chichanchob (Red House) built about A. D. 600. It's only decoration is a comb roof .
We missed some of the ruins since the area is so very large. We recommend two days to tour this site.
We did see the interesting Atlantan Columns that are similar to the Toltec Ruins of Tula. Perhaps there is a connection to these groups of people. They are located at a seldom visited part of Chichen Itza known as Old Chichen Itza.
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|The "Well Of Sacrifice."||285 Feet Diameter,|
60 Feet From Rim
To Water Level,
40 Feet Deep.
|Its Scarry Looking|
Over The Edge.
|It Started To Rain So|
Waited It Out
In A Resturant
Near The Well.
|A Mist Rose Off|
Of The Well
After The Rain.
|Muddy Rain Water|
Entering The Well
After The Rain.
The Back Side
Of The Chichanchob
Note The Comb
|Going Toward The|
West Side Steps
Of The "Temple
Of The Warriers."
|Near The Nunnery|
Is The Iglesia (Church).
Above The Door
Are Animal Symbols.
(Bacabs) - That Hold
Up The Sky !
|Above Door Is|
A Maya Mask
With Curved Snout.
Armadillo & Snail
On North Side.
Turtle & Crab On South
Symbols Are Known As "Bacabs".
|Old Chichen Itza Ruins|
Those At Tula Ruins.
|Old Chichen Itza Ruins|