On the Mexican peninsula of YUCATAN, the Maya founded Chichen Itza, ‘City of Pyramids’, in the 5th century.
Relief-type pictures and sculptures describe the customs and gruesome rituals of this submerged yet advanced civilization. Stone pillars and mosaic tiles show the highly-developed culture of the Maya people and complex images illustrate their advanced knowledge of astronomy, mathematics and architecture.
Here, the harmony of god-given life was maintained only by the strict fulfillment of all the divine commandments. This, however, called for many human sacrifice.
Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments