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One of the most popular ruins in Tulum, the Temple of the Descending God, or Templo del Dios Desendente, depicts a familiar image to anyone who has spent time in Tulum. The diving winged figure placed above the entrance to the Temple is practically an icon in Tulum, pictured throughout the city in various locations. What exactly this figure represents is unknown. Some believe it to represent the sun setting, others believe it represents lightning, or the Bee God, because honey was once a major Mayan export.Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá.The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.[Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans, it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists.

IL TEMPIO

Tulum è un importante complesso archeologico Maya situato nella penisola dello Yucatan, in Messico. La sua particolare posizione, sulla costa a picco sul mare, ha fatto sì che fosse la prima città Maya ad essere avvistata dagli spagnoli il 3 marzo 1517.
La sua favorevole posizione geografica ne aveva in precedenza decretato la fortuna facendola diventare un'importante scalo commerciale di prodotti quali pesce, miele, sale, ossidiana e piume di quetzal.
L'edificio più importante di Tulum è senza dubbio El Castillo situato nei pressi dell'approdo, una piccola insenatura che fungeva da porto.
Meta di turisti provenienti da tutto il mondo, il fascino di Tulum è dato anche dalle sue spiagge di sabbia finissima, tipiche della costa caraibica.

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  • Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6772 W: 117 N: 12665] (71461)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-05-13
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Camera: Sony DSC HX1
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-08-03 1:02
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