- Name: Chichen Itza
- Alternate Name: Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
- Location: Yucatan, Mexico, North America
- GPS Cordinates: 20°40’59″N 88°34’7″W
- Built by: Maya civilization
- Annual Visitors: 2.6 million (2016)
- Significance: A famous building built by the Maya
15 Chichen Itza Facts for Kids
- Chichen Itza was a city built during the Terminal Classical period by the Mayas.
- The official name for Chichen Itza is Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza.
- The GPS coordinates for the city of Chichen Itza are 20°40’59″N 88°34’7″W.
- The city of Chichen Itza was built between 750 and 900 CE.
- The Temple of Kukulcan, also known as El Castillo, is a pyramid at the center of Chichen Itza.
- The Temple of Kukulcan was built to serve Yucatec Maya Feathered Serpent god Kukulkan.
- The height of the Temple of Kukulcan is 98 feet.
- The square base of the Temple of Kukulcan is 181 feet.
- The city of Chichen Itza was one of the largest cities built by the Maya civilization.
- In 1843, American explorer and writer published a book about his visits to the Yucatán and his tour of several Maya cities, including Chichen Itza. He publication is what made the, the city of Chichen Itza famous.
- In 1860, French archaeologist Désiré Charnay surveyed the city of Chichen Itza and took many photographs. His findings and photographs were published in his book Cités et ruines américaines in 1863.
- In 1923, the Carnegie Institution was awarded its first ten year permit to excavate and restore Chichen Itza.
- In 1988, the city of Chichen Itza was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- In 2006, tourists were no longer allowed to climb the steps of the Temple of Kukulcan.
- In 2007, the city of Chichen Itza was desginated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Pictures of Chichen Itza
Find More Facts About Chichen Itza
- About Chichen-Itza – Explore the UN World Heritage Convention website to learn more about the pre-hispanic city of Chichen-Itza.
- Chichen Itza – Discover more facts and information about Chichen Itza on the National Geographic website.
- History of Chichen Itza – Learn about the history of Chichen Itza on the History Channel website.
- Chichen Itza Video – Watch this video about Chichen Itza to learn more about its history.