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 Edzna, Main Court

Edzna, Main Court

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The origen of the Itzá is from the Chontal lineage. Because it was such a large group, people from other settlements referred to all the inhabitants of this old Mayan city as Itzás. This is where the name Edzná/Itzná comes from – house of the Itzás. The first evidence of occupation dates to 400 A.D. Great agriculturists, they developed a well-organized society and built monumental buildings and a watering system for their crops. Between 400 and 1000 AD they instituted a legitimate government whose power was based on a relationship between the governors and the deities. They slowly fell into wreck and ruin until they disappeared in 1450.

The main plaza is a large space where you will find the largest number of buildings. To the north and south, there are two sac-be, white roads, that were used for inside circulation. The platform of the knives and the patio of the ambassadors date to 1000 – 1200 AD.
 The nohochná or big house was possibly used for administrative purposes or as bleachers for seeing events celebrated in the main plaza. 
The south temple is made up of five parts with moldings and corners dating between 600 and 900 AD.

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Eldar Kadymov29-Nov-2009 20:54
Especially when you do that in hurry and also it's your third or forth pyramid on site, LOL !
Dmitry Zamorin29-Nov-2009 16:51
Great photo!
It is interesting that Khmer pyramidal temples in Cambodia looks very similar... I'm just fell in love with steep stairs there, especially when descending with a full backpack of optics and tripod...
Sabine Stetson25-Nov-2009 03:50
awesome shot....never mind the current residents, but the urge to photoshop them out is great:)
Zane Paxton19-Nov-2009 07:23
Nice one Eldar! I don't mind the people as it gives the shot scale.
Eldar Kadymov18-Nov-2009 20:05
We were there in the early morning, yet some 4 ghosts still managed to get in the picture frame and spoilt the charm of the moment ( see 'em at the base of pyramid ? ) ! Normally I photoshop tourists out, but this time I was a bit lazy . I remember seeing this small group approaching the main court while I was climbing another pyramid to take the shot. I was climbing really damn quickly in an attempt to get to the top before they hit the courtyard... Sweat was blurring my vision and dripping on the glasses, camera, iguanas and leaving pools on the ancient stones, and the whirls of wind surrounded my lightning fast body, but... Well, still wasn't fast enough and they did inflict a damage, LOL. Want me to get rid of them ?
On the page two of the gallery I will post never, ever seen by anobody before the image of another Edzna's pyramid ( extremely beautiful ) which I took while tresspassing all ropes, barriers, signs and running away from few very angry guards ! One couldn't stop this fella...
Tom Briggs18-Nov-2009 19:23
Beautiful shot, Eldar ... how did you possibly get this without all the tourists???