The Mayan Ruins Before Restoration in Chichen Itza, Mexico
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is an impressive, mostly intact pre-Columbian city. Built by the Mayans beginning around the 5th century AD, Chichen Itza was an important center in the Mayan culture. But the site was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, as shown in this colorized photograph, and the Mayan population declined.
Rediscovered in the 1840s and restored to its former glory, Chichen Itza’s grand pyramid, ball court, and other structures give us insight into the Mayans and the rich history of Mexico.