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Chichen Itza , was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatn.
Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic (c.600900 AD) through the Terminal Classic (c.800900) and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period (c.9001200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.
Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.
The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the sites stewardship is maintained by Mexicos Instituto Nacional de Antropologa e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The land under the monuments had been privately-owned until 29 March 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatn.
Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.2 million tourists visit the ruins every year.

21.12.2012

Chichn Itz un importante complesso archeologico maya situato nel Messico, nel nord della penisola dello Yucatan. Le rovine, che si estendono su un'area di 3 km, appartenevano a una grande citt che fu uno dei pi importanti centri della regione intorno al periodo epiclassico della civilt maya, fra il VI e l'XI secolo. Il sito comprende numerosi edifici, rappresentativi di diversi stili architettonici; fra i pi celebri si possono indicare la piramide di Kukulkan (nota come El Castillo), l'osservatorio astronomico (il Caracol) e il Tempio dei guerrieri.
Il sito di Chichn Itz stato dichiarato patrimonio dell'umanit UNESCO nel 1988.Costituisce una propriet federale dello stato del Messico, ed amministrato dall'Istituto Nazionale di Antropologia e Storia (Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, INAH). stato inserito nel 2007 fra le sette meraviglie del mondo moderno.

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