10 Mayan Secret Places That Were Hidden for Centuries

The Mayan civilization is full of secrets. Even experts have been baffled by their highly sophisticated writing system, their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy, and the amazing architectural marvels they managed to create without any modern equipment. Every year, archeologists and researchers use the most advanced technologies to uncover the mysteries hidden behind the walls of temple complexes, buried in the depth of sacred cenotes and caves.

Well, how they managed to create them is a matter of discussion, but let’s not get into that. Instead, let’s see at some of these marvelous architectural accomplishments. Tour guides never reveal these secrets of centuries-old ruins to ordinary tourists.

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TIMESTAMPS:
The serpent illusion 0:36
The cave of the sacred jaguar throne 2:12
A place for performing rituals 3:37
137-feet high pyramid 4:12
One of the last cities inhabited by the Maya 4:52
Pyramid of the Magician 6:07
The Tomb of King Pakal 7:33
One of the most powerful Mayan cities 8:36
The murals of Bonampak 9:21
The Temple of the Great Jaguar 10:09

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El Castillo (pyramid of Kukulcán) in Chichén Itzá: By Daniel Schwen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7647000
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SUMMARY:
– Temple of KuKULkan, was built sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries CE. During the autumn equinox and the vernal equinox, one can see a snake-like shadow crawling on the pyramid’s balustrade. It moves upwards in March and downwards in September.
– The Balancanché caves aren’t included on the classic tourist route. The name translates to “the cave of the sacred jaguar throne.” These mesmerizing caves were first discovered by two American archaeologists in 1905 and have since then stirred curiosity.
– Cenote Ik Kil is located in the Yucatán State of Mexico. This place is otherworldly. While the Mayans used this site as a place for performing rituals, today tourists can be seen swimming.
– Nohoch Mul Pyramid is the place you should visit. If you aren’t afraid of heights and can muster the energy to climb its 130 steep steps to the top, you’ll be able to get a remarkable view of the Yucatán.
– Ancient city Tulum is the only Mayan city on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, located 39 feet (12 m) up on the cliffs of the Yucatan peninsula.
– The tallest and the most recognizable structure in Uxmal is also known by other names, like the Pyramid of the Dwarf, Casa el Adivino, and the Pyramid of the Soothsayer.
– Temple of the Inscriptions was built as a tomb for King Pakal, the ruler of Palenque in the 7th century. The inner walls of the temple are inscribed with about 600 hieroglyphs, some of which are yet to be deciphered.
– Located not far from Palenque, the ancient city, Yaxchilan, was one of the most powerful states in the Mayan empire. The city is known for its well-preserved stone ornamentation above the doorways of the main structures known as lintels.
– According to Professor Mary Miller, who specializes in Mayan art, no other artifacts from the Mayan times offer a better glimpse of the society than the Bonampak paintings.
– The Temple of the Great Jaguar was built as a funerary temple, and in the year 1962, archaeologists were finally able to locate the tomb of the ruler who built it. The body of the king was covered with large quantities of jade ornaments.

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