Chichen Itza

Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars

View from Above

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Similar in size and construction to the nearby Temple of Venus, the Platform of the Eagles & Jaguars has intricate carvings on all sides consisting of representations of two of the icons worshipped by the Maya after the Toltecs asserted their influence, the eagle and the jaguar. The carvings show both animals clutching human hearts in their claws, which prompted an earlier name for the structure, Temple of the Sacrifices.

-- Chris Reeves