Chichén Itzá

Title

Chichén Itzá

Publisher

Lawrence Technological University

Date Created

March 24, 2018

Alternative Title or Name

Plaza of the Thousand Columns

Creator2

Aluzzo, Adrienne (photographer)

Work Type

Single Built Works

Date

c. 1000

Work Location

Mexico (nation)

Chichén Itzá (deserted settlement)

Style/Period

Late Classic
Postclassic

Subject

plazas (squares)

Description

View of stairs leading up to Plaza of the Thousand Columns with square columns at Chichen Itza, Mexico. “The main characteristic of this structure are the ample vaulted spaces held up by columns. It is probable that the function of this plaza was civic and religious. Its construction is dated in the Late Classic-Early Post Classic periods. It has a drainage system that gathers water and stores it in a natural depression northeast of the plaza. Besides the main buildings, there are approximately 40 plinths (bases or foundations) which were built with stone from the buildings already in disuse in the plaza. These are the remains of constructions built of perishable materials and must have served very different purposes than the original buildings since the spaces are very much reduced, perhaps as a center for humble inhabitants, living amidst the ruins of what was once a great city,”—Site placard.

Material/Medium

stone (worked rock)
limestone

Reproduction Type

jpeg

ID Number

2017MX-200

Files

2017MX-200.JPG
Date Added
January 17, 2018
Collection
LTU Digital Images
Item Type
VRA Core
Tags
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Citation
“Chichén Itzá,” LTU Digital Images, accessed July 20, 2018, https://ltuimagecollection.omeka.net/items/show/17586.