Chichen Itza El Caracol Observatory
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Chichen Itza El Caracol Observatory

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To the north of the nunnery is a cockeyed, round building on a large square platform. It's nicknamed "El Caracol" ("the snail") because of the stone spiral staircase inside. The structure with its unusual placement on the platform and its round shape (the others are rectangular, in keeping with Maya practice), is theorized to have been a proto-observatory with doors and windows aligned to astronomical events, specifically around the path of Venus as it traverses the heavens. (from wikipedia):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza

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A: El Caracol Observatory

by Jan Vrsinsky, 20 meters away

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El Caracol Observatory

E: La Iglesia

by Jan Vrsinsky, 140 meters away

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F: The Nunnery, Chichen Itza

by Henry Alvarez, 150 meters away

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G: El Osario

by Jan Vrsinsky, 200 meters away

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H: El Osaria, Chichen Itza

by Jan Vrsinsky, 230 meters away

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El Osaria, Chichen Itza

I: Chichen Itza - Market

by Jan Vrsinsky, 470 meters away

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J: Chichen Itza One Thousand Warriors Temple

by Henry Alvarez, 500 meters away

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