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Chichen ltza
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    Pre-Columbian city
    Located on the Yucatan Peninsula
    Peak was between c.750 and 1200 CE
    Famous for the step-pyramid, the Temple of Kukulkan (‘El Castillo’)
    Name translates as ‘At the mouth of the well of the Itza’
    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site (1988)
    The famous Chichen Itza Temple was most likely used for ritual human sacrifices.
    It is regularly identified as a Mayan city, although historical evidence suggests that its most impressive architecture was built by the Toltec civilization.
    Tourists have been barred from walking up the narrow steps of the Temple by the Mexican government since 2006.
    When its marketability as a tourist destination expanded, Mexico passed a law putting it under federal ownership, prompting a outcry from indigenous peoples (1972).
    The dispute over ownership culminated in the state of Yucatan purchasing the territory from businessman Hans Juergen Thies Barbachano (March 29, 2010).
    It has the largest ball court ever discovered in Mesoamerica.
    It was a focal point during three essential Pre-Columbian periods (Late Classic, Terminal Classic, and Early Post-Classic).
    It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with nearly 3 million tourists as of 2019.
    Archaeological excavations of the territory began in 1894 and lasted for over thirty years.
    It is classified as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (2007).
    There is evidence that it was looted during the Spanish conquest.
    It is the model for the central building at Mexican pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot.

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