El Caracol - E l Caracol, a t Chichen I tza sits atop a...

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El Caracol, at Chichen Itza sits atop a large earthen mound and is a structure obviously intended for observing Venus at its most extreme points on the horizongreat many structures are indicative of the devotion to and dependence upon Venus, to the Maya, and can be found in the architecture ceremonial centers throughout the region. Caracol, at Chichen Itza sits atop a large earthen mound and is a structure obviously intended for observing Venus at its most extreme points on the horizon. The Governor’s Palace (“Palacio del Gobernador”), standing farther south, is one of the most admired of pre-Columbian structures, and it is the finest example of the Puuc style. Its three sections stand atop a wide terrace (29 feet [8.8 metres] high). It is accessed by a stairway with three landings. The middle section rises to 65 feet (19.8 metres) and is joined to the two lower,. .. Many of the buildings rely simply on well-cut stones with no mortar. Astronomical alignments at Uxmal surround the planet Venus. The orientation of the long Palace of the Governor acts as a sighting with other buildings at Uxmal pointing to the southernmost rise location of Venus, which occurs once every eight years.
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2009 for the course MISCELLANE 123 taught by Professor Torres during the Spring '09 term at Rochester.

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