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Chichen Itza was built by the Maya Civilization, who were known as fantastic mathematicians, credited with the inventing ‘zero’ within their counting system. At 78 feet tall, the structure of El Castillo (or ‘castle’) within Chichen Itza is based on the astrological system. Some quick facts about this mathematically interesting building are:
the fifty two panels on each side of the pyramid represent the number of years in the Mayan cycle
the stairways dividing the eighteen tiers correspond to the Mayan calendar of eighteen months
 the steps within El Castillo mirror the solar year, with a total of 365 steps, one step for each day of the year.

Chichen Itza was built by the Maya Civilization, who were known as fantastic mathematicians, credited with the inventing ‘zero’ within their counting system. At 78 feet tall, the structure of El Castillo (or ‘castle’) within Chichen Itza is based on the astrological system. Some quick facts about this mathematically interesting building are:

  • the fifty two panels on each side of the pyramid represent the number of years in the Mayan cycle
  • the stairways dividing the eighteen tiers correspond to the Mayan calendar of eighteen months
  • the steps within El Castillo mirror the solar year, with a total of 365 steps, one step for each day of the year.

(Source: tripbase.com)

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