Xtoloc Temple in Chichen Itza

Xtoloc Temple in Chichen Itza

The Xtoloc Temple in Chichen Itza receives its name because it’s located next to the Cenote with the same name, the second largest cenote in the center of Chichen Itza.

It probably was used in religious ceremonies, perhaps related to the Cenote. Its construction dates from 900 to 1200. There are sculptured representations of warriors and priests on the pillars of the temple.

Physical description of The Xtoloc Temple

The Xtoloc Temple has an altar in the interior of the third chamber, originally decorated with bas-reliefs of plants, birds and mythological scenes. A container of offerings with human remains was found beneath the floor.

The facade faces west and due to an alignment, which includes a simple altar, a path of stone slabs and a natural rock outcropping, marked by rows of cut stone.

Location of The Xtoloc Temple in Chichen Itza

The central entrance of the Xtoloc Temple in Chichen Itza is in front of a Cenote with the same name on the Sacbe 15, that goes from the Group of the Thousand Columns plaza to the Ossuary group of buildings.

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