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Platform of Venus

Chichén-Itzá, Yuc., Mexico
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Chichen Itza has so much to offer, the history is amazing. The Platforma de Venus or in English, The Venus Platform is just one of the interesting sights. The Venus Platform was the known tomb of the Chac Mool and a Chac Mool was found inside the tomb when it was excavated. The Chac Mool is a stone sculpture depicting a reclining figure with its head turned 90 degrees from the front supporting itself on it’s elbows. Most often there is a bowl or some other item sitting on its stomach. One possible explaination for this figure is that it represents a slain warrior carrying offerings to the gods. The Venus Platform is approximately 83 feet square and roughly 15 feet high (my estimate). There are 14 steps on all four sides leading to the top. The top was never adorned with a temple so they say it must have been used for ceremonial rituals like dancing or public speeches. Because of the carving on the platform, the great-serpent-God Kukulcan and Venus strongly suggests that this was a very important structure in the Grand Plaza of Chichen Itza.
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