Temple of the Warriors Chichen Itza

CHICHEN ITZA

Temple of the Warriors

The Temple of the Warriors is one of the most impressive and important structures at Chichen Itza. 

It might be the only known late classic Maya building sufficiently big enough for really large gatherings. 

The temple consists of four platforms, flanked on the south and west sides by 200 round and square columns. 

All square columns are carved in low relief, with Toltec warriors; in some places they are cemented together in sections, painted in brilliant colors and covered with plaster. 

The Temple of Warriors is approached by a broad stairway with a plain, stepped ramp on either side, and each ramp has figures of standard-bearers to hold flags. Before the main entrance a chacmool reclined. 

On the top, serpent columns which had S shaped supported wooden lintels (now gone) above the doorways. Astronomical signs and decorative features on the head of each serpent are carved over the eyes. 

On the top of each serpent head is a shallow basin that could have been used as an oil lamp.