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"El Castillo - other astronomical events" Top 5 Page for this destination Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Things to Do Tip by Maria_75

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  The serpents head at the end of the stairs
by Maria_75

There are many astronomical events which can be seen on the pyramid. The most important is of course the one at equinox. But at summer- and winter solstice there is also things happening.

First of all there is 91 days from the fall equinox to the wintersolstice, each staircase has 91 steps. This is when the night is the longest, or when the sun "turns" as many also say. On this day the north and east sides are in total darkness, while the south and west sides have sunlight.

91 days later (again) is the spring equinox. 91 days after this is the summersolstice. This is the longest day of the year, and at this time the south and west sides are in complete darkness in the afternoon.

There are also some other important dates. 16th of July is the start of the Mayan year. 52 days later all nine triangles are visible, eight at the side of the staircase and the last on the head of Kukulcán at the end of the stairs. 52 is also the number of years in their cycle.

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  • Written Nov 12, 2004
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