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El Castillo and Temple of the Descending God

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 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."

Photo captured November 18, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 180 35 mm

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is another good angle.

9 Feb 2012 5:39am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fascinating place

9 Feb 2012 7:30am

DIMITRIOS from ATHENS, Greece

a typical tourist shot but the CLARITY is OUTSTANDING**

9 Feb 2012 7:58am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Must have been fascinating to walk around here, thanks for sharing this series of pictures Steve.

9 Feb 2012 8:11am

tataray from france, France

Une superbe série... remplie de couleurs et chaleur)

9 Feb 2012 8:51am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

The Mayan civilisation is so fascinating... Must be fantastic to be there ! A very beautiful capture of this unique place ! Have a lovely day :)

9 Feb 2012 8:53am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful place..

9 Feb 2012 9:03am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

excellent work

9 Feb 2012 10:27am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent composition and it is interesting how the ruins of the temple still tower over the crowd of modern 'worshippers'.

9 Feb 2012 11:29am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very beautiful - I love that splash of purple amongst these ruins. Great shot!

9 Feb 2012 2:47pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

It is a pleasure to look to this image. Wonderful colors and light.

9 Feb 2012 4:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Incredible buildings! This series of photos is wonderful.

9 Feb 2012 5:37pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

a really fascintaing photo from a fascinating place!

9 Feb 2012 7:15pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a magnificent view, Steven...showing us a great deal of the area! The group is a big one :-)

9 Feb 2012 8:11pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 Feb 2012 8:24pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a nice vicarious vacation we are taking through this series of yours! Fine work.

9 Feb 2012 8:37pm

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

Nice shot! Good colors and brightness. It looks warm and nice.

9 Feb 2012 10:06pm

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

A very beautiful shot, amazing to see the tourists all obediently lined up.
Somehow, I like to take them and replace them with the people who may
have been there, at least in my mind, the grandeur, even here with the
tourists - it is impossible to diminish the glory of the location, you have left
that for us to ponder in this magnificent photo !!~

9 Feb 2012 11:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture

9 Feb 2012 11:56pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This makes me remember how hot we were as we stood an listened to our guide. He told us more than I wanted to know, and I just wanted to walk around and shoot photos.

10 Feb 2012 1:37am

@B. Thomas: I felt exactly the same way! It was also very hot in November and it was a relief to approach the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea (as will be seen tomorrow) and feel the breezes.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great POV. Nice clarity and detail.

10 Feb 2012 1:54am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful composition. Great shot and interesting information. :)

10 Feb 2012 2:51pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

"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." I should make a plaquette like this for my flat...

18 Feb 2012 10:07am

@daniela scharnowski: That was too funny!