True Age of El Castillo on Chichen Itza

El Castillo (Kukulcan) is the towering icon of Chichen Itza. Just recently an older pyramid was discovered underneath El Castillo. The pyramids seem to be criss-cross oriented. But is that so?

The pyramids and buildings on Chichen Itza are seemingly criss-cross oriented. What can they tell us about the past? | © 2016 Buildreps

What is Chichen Itza?

Chichen Itza is said to be one of the most important Mayan cities. The site is located on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The Pyramid of Kukulcan, also called El Castillo, is the towering icon of Chichen Itza. The whole site is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

It is believed the city was built by the Mayans around 600 AD. Recent excavations show there are structures underneath the current ground level, implying that the site could be much older than always thought.

In former articles is shown how a large collection of pyramids and ancient temples (about 500) around the world reveal the locations of former geo poles. The used method is purely mathematical, and it reveals the locations of former geo poles with certainties of more than 99.99%. It is crucial to grasp this concept to understand this article.

Chichen Itza has a collection of pyramids and buildings that are seemingly criss-cross oriented. Why is the site so chaotic organised? What prevented the builders to built a logical, cardinally oriented city?

When pyramids would be oriented to a former geographical pole, like shown in former articles, it suddenly starts to make sense. How long ago could this former pole have been there? Not 1,500 years ago, that’s for sure. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of years ago. A stunning conclusion.

Just recently researchers discovered another pyramid beneath El Castillo. El Castillo was built upon an older pyramid, but the orientation of the foundation never changed.

One of the Best Available Maps of Chichen Itza

This is one of the most accurate maps of Chichen Itza. It almost matches the reality (only platform of Venus is incorrect). Most maps of Chichen Itza are completely useless for serious research. This map was received from an anonymous source
This is one of the better maps of Chichen Itza, but not the best one. It almost matches the reality (only platform of Venus is incorrect). Most maps of Chichen Itza are completely useless for serious research. | © 2016 Buildreps
Orientation relative to Current Geo North
Intersection Point on Reference Line*
HotSpot or Node
El Castillo
El Caracol (Base)
El Caracol (Top)
High Priest’s Grave
Temple of the Warriors
Main ‘Ball Court’
Platform of Venus

The chance that 3 or less of the 8 buildings match with three of the hotspots (or nodes) is quite large. But the chance that 5 out of 8 buildings (5 times ‘Y’ and 3 times ‘N’) match with one or more of the hotspots is much less than the standard probability.

The graph below shows how the probability is distributed in this very specific situation.

Additional studies are done in this very specific situation of Chichen Itza, and will be published in the book “Atlantis is Here”. The study delivers the mathematical proof that the site of Chichen Itza has been reoriented several times after crustal shifts.

Mathematical Proof That Chichen Itza Was Oriented to Ancient Geo Pole

The probability that 5 of the 8 buildings of Chichen Itza are oriented by accident to one or more of the mathematical nodes is less than 0.2%. When we process all 46 buildings on Chichen Itza we find that they correlate for 99.99970% with the shifting crust pattern. That, of course, is no coincidence. It proves that Chichen Itza’s history extends over more than 350,000 years.| © 2016 Buildreps

Dimension of the former North pole Circle

Like explained in former articles, is there due to construction and measuring errors a necessary margin. This margin is expressed in the dimension of the red dots as shown on the map below.

The red dot of Pole IV has a diameter of about 400 km (250 miles). It appeared, after much experimentation, measurements and calculations, that the majority of the ancient builders (>55%) around the world were able to align their structures within this predefined circles.

Most pyramid builders were able to determine the position of their Geographic North pole and to built their construction within this accuracy.

Chichen Itza Was Reconstructed

Chichen Itza was dilapidated and covered with tons of earth. It is restored in the early 20th century. How old is Chichen Itza really? How many times could it have been restored before? Were the Mayans not the builders, but the restorers?
The pyramids of Giza are perfectly aligned to the CURRENT geographical pole. Why is El Castillo not?

Why is Chichen Itza Oriented Like This?

Most people never ever looked at the phenomenon of structural (cardinal) orientations, and might ask: “what do you mean with oriented like this?

If you take a look at the pyramids of Giza, Borobudur, or the Taj Mahal to name just a few among the many, you will notice two things:

  • The buildings were built in abandoned places,
  • The buildings are perfectly oriented to the current geographical pole.

Why? Every important temple or pyramid is aligned to true North (cardinally aligned).

Look where Chichen Itza is located. It is built in the middle of nowhere. The nearest coast is 60 miles off. There are no mountains or other geographic obstacles nearby that would prevent a cardinal positioning of the four-sided structures.

So, why is El Castillo oriented in this way? And why is El Caracol, an astronomical observatory, oriented like this? And why is not one single building on Chichen Itza cardinally oriented? And why are they not all oriented in the same direction?

Did the builders just ignore the North pole, or was their geo North at another position then?

There are pyramids, like Giza or in China, that are facing North, and so they are ‘aligned’ to the geo North pole. What follows from this is that the intersection point of the two lines intersects BY DEFINITION on the North pole. | © 2016 Buildreps

Why Are Many Famous Observatories Cardinally Oriented?

  • Harvard College Observatory (Cambridge)
  • Whitin Observatory (Wellesley)
  • Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium (Indianapolis)
  • Allegheny Observatory (Pittsburgh)
  • Dyer Observatory (Brentwood)
  • Bradley Observatory (Decatur)
  • Yerkes Observatory (Williams Bay)
  • Chamberlin Observatory (Denver)
  • Sommers-Bausch Observatory (Boulder)
  • Mount Laguna Observatory (San Diego)
  • Haleakala Observatory (Maui)
  • Big Bear Solar Observatory (Big Bear City)

Many cities in the US, like Los Angelos, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix are mainly North-South oriented (cardinally aligned). Why is that? If the cities aren’t cardinally oriented, like New York, or Philadelphia there was a geographic reason for it, like coastlines, rivers, old highways, or mountains ranges. If nothing obstructs you, is a cardinal orientation the only logical thing to do.

For an observatory seems a cardinal orienatation also the only logical thing to do, although these days with modern GPS system, it isn’t necessary anymore to orient the directions. But it is still the default value of good mastery, comparable with the use of terminology between professionals.

A good architect doesn’t design only a functional building, but also a building that is adjusted to the seasonal influences, like the incidence of light, and like the orientation to the rising and setting sun. Most architects have a deep desire to orient North-South or East-West. When an architect designs an observatory, what would be the main things this architect would take into account?

  1. Stability (vibrations disturb the study of celestial bodies)
  2. Clarity of the atmosphere (pollution disturbs a clear view)
  3. Orientation (orientation is crucial to distinguish which object is where)

An Example – Orientation of the Harvard Observatory

The only ‘rational’ oriented building in this area is the Harvard Observatory – it is oriented to true North. It is denoted by the circle. But why is it oriented like this? This way of orienting takes more space and is more expensive.

Why is El Castillo Not Cardinally Oriented?

It is said that El Castillo is famous for an occurrence that returns twice each year, the so called spring and fall equinoxes. Although the phenomenon is not as precise as claimed, many people tragically believe in these fairytales when it comes to ancient structures.

As the equinox sun sets, an effect of shadows creates the appearance of a ‘snake’ that undulates down the stairways of the pyramid. Is this serious?

An equinox is just one of the many events that can be studied. Why limiting to only this event? And why building a pyramid for something that limits the builders?

The fact is that you will always find certain effects at any time of the year on any pyramid. Many people see something in clouds, or in sand patterns. Why would anyone built a pyramid to imitate some meaningless event?

Was Chichen Itza an Astronomical Observatory?

El Castillo was once cardinally oriented. A very long time ago. Every pyramid was once cardinally oriented. Or still, like the pyramids of Giza are now.

The site of Chichen Itza is one big astronomical observatory that has been rebuilt and reconstructed many millennia ago, after a few major global catastrophes. But the foundations never changed its orientation. The renovations were done on top of the old foundations – a practice we still apply today.

After every earth crust displacement, which was a catastrophe over an extended period of time, was the site restored and extended with again new pyramids that were oriented to again a new geographical pole.

El Castillo is the towering icon of Chichen Itza. It was once cardinally aligned.

#1 – Orientation of El Castillo

El Castillo is the towering icon as well as the main attraction of Chichen Itza. El Castillo is perfectly square. It doesn’t seem to discriminate any of the four cardinals.

El Castillo has been built on top of another, older pyramid that is orientated in the same way.

It is a so called step pyramid with stairs on four sides and a plateau with a ‘temple’ on top. The four flights of stairs consist of 91 steps each, plus the platform as the last step.

In total has El Castillo 365 (4×91+1) steps, as many as there are days in a year. The pyramid is 30 meters high, including the ‘temple’. The pyramid is obviously related to one solar cycle.

Up to now, has no one ever been able to explain the seemingly pointless orientation of El Castillo – 23° deviating from the North.

There are many ‘equinox worshippers’ who try to explain why El Castillo is oriented like this. None of them make really sense. The only rational explanation, is also the most unbelievable one – El Castillo was oriented to an ancient geo North pole.

We are actually talking about the orientation of the foundation of El Castillo. El Castillo was renovated by our modern society at the beginning of the 20th century. It was probably renovated many, many times before that, by our ancient ancestors. It has always been renovated upon that same old foundation, which was still oriented to a very ancient North pole.

The Location of an Ancient North Pole

The orientation of El Castillo points to one of the mathematical nodes (RED DOT) which reveals a former geo Pole. These former poles are mathematically proven, that means that the foundations of El Castillo are VERY old. | © 2016 Buildreps

Same Time Frame as El Castillo (#1) – A Selection

GPS Coordinates
Intersection point with Reference Line
Great Pyramid of Cholula
19.0575N, 98.3019W
63.7N, 45W
18.2780N, 93.20058W
65.2N, 45W
20.3583N, 89.772W
65.8N, 45W
A selection: 3 out of 40 ancient structures that are oriented to the same location. The odds that 40 randomly spread structures cross that same small area is less than 0,003%.

#2a – The Base of El Caracol

The base of El Caracol is oriented to an even more ancient position of the North pole. El Caracol was an astronomical observatory. These structures are in most cases cardinally oriented. | © 2016 Buildreps

#2a – Orientation of the BASE of El Caracol

The base of El Caracol, which is believed to be an ancient astrological observatory, seems to be the oldest structure on Chichen Itza.

Due to the chosen (mathematical) method, is the orientation cluster in which El Caracol is listed, too small. Therefore is it not solid enough to conclude that the base of El Caracol was oriented to a former geographic pole. There could be numerous reasons for this.

The mathematical method uses the dataset as a whole, and separating one of the clusters of this whole is illogical. The base of El Caracol is even older than El Castillo, although it seems to be unprovable yet. It orients perfectly with the Great Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq, and Gunung Padang in Indonesia. Both structure are believed to be very old.

Maybe it was built before a time that the crust stabilized for a longer period of time. It remains speculative. We will probably never know.

The BASE of El Caracol is NOT Oriented to an Ancient Pole

The base of El Caracol was NOT oriented to an ancient geo North pole. | © 2016 Buildreps

#2b – Orientation of the TOP of El Caracol

The TOP of El Caracol is clearly diverging from the base. It seems viable to claim that the TOP is cardinally reoriented. | © 2016 Buildreps

#2b – Orientation of the TOP of El Caracol

As you can see on the drawing above is the top of El Caracol, which is believed to be the actual observatory, clearly diverging from the base. It seems viable to claim that the top is cardinally reoriented.

The top of El Caracol is oriented to the same hotspot as El Castillo. One of the former geo North poles on Greenland. A very long time ago.

El Caracol and El Castillo are built in the same time frame, and probably renovated many times thereafter.

Correlation Between Earth Crust Shifts and Ice Ages

The correlations between crustal shifts and periods of glaciations are clear. The crust shift is the sudden drop of temperature. The larger the drop, the larger the crustal shift. It correlates to the Milankovitch cycles as well. | © 2015-2017 Buildreps

In this comprehensive former article is explained why the Milankovitch cycles correlate to ice ages. Earth crust displacements correlate to the ‘descending edge’ of the glaciation graphs, and correlate one to one with the Milankovitch cycles.

We are in fact talking about one and the same thing:

  • Latitudinal Earth Crust Displacements = Ice Ages
  • Ice Ages = Milankovitch Cycles
  • Milankovitch Cycles = Latitudinal Earth Crust Displacements

Humanity is much older than we have learned at school. The paradigm of “history”, imprinted in our brains from our early youth, is nothing more than an additional veil of ignorance.

© 2016 by Buildreps

First published: March 7, 2016

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