Chichén Itzá’s La Iglesia

La Iglesia, Chichén Itzá

La Iglesia, Chichén Itzá

September 22nd, 2020

After yesterday’s thoughts on the Temple of Kukulcan, today we’re taking our first look at La Iglesia (church) which is one of the structures of Chichén Itzá’s Grupo de las Monjas (the group of structures around and including the Nunnery).

La Iglesia is striking for its contrast with the Temple of Kukulcan — the former being rectangular and top-heavy, the latter being elegantly proportioned as a four-sided pyramid. The church is an example of Puuc architectural style, named for the hilly region of northwestern Yucatán. Puuc style is ornamental with mosaics of repeated elements and masks of the rain god Chaahk at focal points. To me, the patterns look similar to Tibetan or Bhutanese motifs but carved of stone rather than wood, left unfinished rather than painted by hand.

Happy first day of fall!

More tomorrow,

Photo of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


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