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Chichén Itzá

This is my LEGOized version of the Chichén Itzá ruined ancient city, one of the 7 wonders from the modern world, consisting of exactly 1270 LEGO pieces. Chichén Itzá was founded around the 6th century ce, presumably by Maya peoples of the Yucatan Peninsula who had occupied the region since the Pre-Classic, or Formative, Period. The principal early buildings are in an architectural style known as Puuc, which shows a number of divergences from the styles of the southern lowlands. These earliest structures are to the south of the Main Plaza and include the Akabtzib, the Chichanchob, the Iglesia, the Casa de las Monjas, and the observatory El Caracol. There is evidence that, in the 10th century, after the collapse of the Maya cities of the southern lowlands, Chichén was invaded by foreigners, probably Maya speakers who had been strongly influenced by—and perhaps were under the direction of—the Toltec of central Mexico. These invaders may have been the Itzá for whom the site is named; some authorities, however, believe the Itzá arrived 200 to 300 years later.

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