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El Castillo and Temple of the Descending God

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 1 February 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

El Castillo (center) and Temple of the Descending God (left).

According to the readings on a plaque nearby, the Temple of the Descending God is "one of the most beautiful temples in Tulum. Neither the walls nor the door adjust to a straight vertical line. This is not a result of the passage of time, but rather the way it was originally designed. It was constructed upon another temple which was filled in, in order to serve as a base. In the recess above the door, there is a sculpture representing a personage descending from the heavens, with a headdress crowning his head and holding an object in his hands. The temple was decorated inside and out witha mural painting of several representations of gods, which, unfortunately, can no longer be admired."

Information on El Castillo will be shared on Friday.

Photo captured November 18, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 160 52 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I am envious - would love to visit El Castillo.

1 Feb 2012 8:21am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A very beautiful composition ! Superb photo !

1 Feb 2012 9:28am

Florence from Paris, France

This is a fabulous place, it reminds Tikal somehow. Those temples with their big stairs ! Impressive. Great rendering and process on tone-mapping (as usual).

1 Feb 2012 9:43am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fascinating glimpse into ancient history. Superb processing to bring out all the lines and textures of this amazing temple.

1 Feb 2012 11:18am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A wonderful capture and beautiful processing. Indeed a marvelous temple and must be a fabulous place to visit. beautifuly captured and presented.

1 Feb 2012 11:26am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Amazing place.. lovely shot

1 Feb 2012 11:31am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Very nice HDR. Such amazing structures.

1 Feb 2012 3:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This does look marvelous, sir! A great text as well, and as always! So intriguing these Temples and ruins...so much conjecture and so many theories and tales...This is a magnificent image to support your great words, sir! Beautiful!

1 Feb 2012 3:30pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Again the clarity and composition are perfect, the sun seems very special down on those
ancient monuments. The stonework is more than admirable to sit up for so many centuries
of wear and still come out so beautiful.

1 Feb 2012 3:39pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Monumental sense of scale!

1 Feb 2012 6:12pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

a wonderful place you visited and captured it in a so bright way!

1 Feb 2012 6:36pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very impressive pano shot of a most impressive building ...

1 Feb 2012 7:29pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, fantastic place to see, thank you for letting us see

1 Feb 2012 10:46pm

roland theys from loverval, Belgium

A wonderful capture!

1 Feb 2012 10:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful detail and color. It is amazing how all those rocks were brought there and the temples were built. Great compo!

1 Feb 2012 11:13pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

We visited Tulum several years ago in the dark ages of film. I remember it was very pretty and interesting, but in July also VERY HOT!

1 Feb 2012 11:39pm

@B. Thomas: Very hot in November, too! :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A stunning place. I love seeing such ruins. These seem well preserved.

1 Feb 2012 11:54pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Amazing structure..great shot! Thanks for sharing!

2 Feb 2012 12:28am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wonderful, crystal clear photography.

2 Feb 2012 2:11am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Amazing old stonework!

2 Feb 2012 4:44am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

wonderful angle and light on this!

18 Feb 2012 10:10am