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World Wonder: The Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza


Ancient Mayan and Toltec civilizations built great temples, palaces, and monuments at Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
The Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico

The Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico

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About Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza, or Chichén Itzá, offers a rare glimpse into Mayan and Toltec civilization in Mexico. Located about 90 miles from the coast in the northern Yucatan peninsula, the archaeological site has temples, palaces, and other important buildings.

There are actually two parts to Chichen: the old city that thrived between 300 and 900 AD, and the new city that became the center of Mayan civilization between 750 and 1200 AD.

Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2007, Chichen Itza was also named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

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