El Castillo, Tulum

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    EL CASTILLO

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    El Castillo

    The main temple EL CASTILLO looks spectacular as it sits on the edge of the limestone cliff, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
    If you face the Castillo from the front, the Templo del Dios Descendente, Temple of the Descending God, is on your left. The descending god, depicted above its narrow entrance, appears all over Tulum as a small, upside-down figure. His exact meaning is not known. He may represent rain, lightening or the setting sun.

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    EL CASTILLO

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Close-up of El Castillo

    The chief structures are directly ahead of you as you enter, with the Castle EL CASTILLO on its rocky prominence above the sea, dominating the landscape.

    The accompanying picture portray the main stairway to the top of the Castle. You will notice the degree of deterioration that has taken place over the years and thus it is roped off.

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    El castillo

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    El Castillo

    The castle, El Castillo, is built on the highest part of the site and it's perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Some archeologists mean that it may have been used as a lighthouse, anyway it was an important landmark along the coastline.

    There is a small square in front of the castle where it used to be an altar. From there are some steep steps leading to the top. Unfortunately it's not allowed to climp to the top.

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    El Castillo

    by micas_pt Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    El Castillo (The Castle) it's the highest spot in Tulum and also the biggest building, and from here you can enjoy fabulous views over the Caribbean Sea.

    It is a temple and shows several stages in its architecture. After climbing the stairs you find two rooms: one is a portico and the other is a sanctuary.

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 7, 2006

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    The castillo (castle) is the most famous building of Tulum; it's also the tallest and the one overlooking the blue sea. Because of this panoramic location it's also known as the watchtower: from there you have amazing views over miles and miles of coastline - in both directions.

    The castle is divided into two main part. the lower and upper. The lower one has a large stair as its main element, while the upper part is a square-ish vaulted room in classic mayan style with two feathered snakes: these were typical solar symbols representing the two solstices.

    Most of the castillo that survives today dates back to the 12th or 13th century AD.

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    Tulum's El Castillo: The Main Temple

    by wilocrek Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    This is one of the most simplistic Mayan structures but you can't beat the view behind it. Perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Tulum's main temple inspires awe through its location if not its build. They no longer let you get right up to the steps of the main pyramid so you will have to be satisfied viewing it from a distance, the photos were taken in 2005.

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    El Castillo

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 25, 2005
    Tulum - El Castillo

    One of the most dramatic views in Mexico is that of El Castillo in Tulum. It was most likely built around the 12th or 13th centuries and is the result of several phases of building. Steps lead to an upper temple featuring columns decorated with plumed serpents as seen in Chichén Itzá and an indication of Toltec influence. It would also have been used as a watchtower, with visibility over land and sea. In front of the temple is a sacrificial stone where the Maya sacrificed prisoners from their wars. Beneath El Castillo is a small but perfect beach, where the Mayans would have landed their canoes.

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    Tulum-El Castillo

    by Dabs Updated Jan 28, 2004

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    El Castillo

    El Castillo is Tulum's tallest building, perched on it's highest cliff. This structure served as a watchtower.

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  • El Castillo - Building

    by AnjoLuci Written Jul 31, 2003

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    History of El Castillo

    This building one of the most important build and imponent from Tulum.
    Unfortunately you can not climb or go inside.
    You may be able to read the information in the picture.

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  • El Castillo - The buillding

    by AnjoLuci Written Jul 31, 2003

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    El Castillo Building

    El Castillo Building - The temple has two small rooms in the upper part in which the principal religious ceremonies were held.

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