Gran Juego de Pelota
Gran Juego de Pelota
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
To understand what I saw here, I talked to a Mayan history expert who explained the sport/game to me. They had a hard rubber ball that they had to shoot through hoops several feet up on the walls. The captain of the winning team was supposed to offer his head as a sacrifice to the gods.
Written 2 September 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
What an impressive structure! My kids loved standing at one end and listening to us talk to them from the other end. The carvings are amazing as well & we all enjoyed envisioning the ball game played here with those tiny hoops.
Written 21 March 2022
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thaisfuncia
Sao Paulo, SP326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Right next to the main square area, you can find the Gran Juego de Pelota. We first thought hogwarts inspiration right?
Written 19 January 2022
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Hursh M
Tustin, CA528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Must see at Chichen Itza. You can see the hoops as well as possibly experience the echo across the court if it isn't crowded.
Written 9 April 2021
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Edward D.
Lucena, PB4,577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Great Ball Court of Chichen Itza is the largest ball court in Mesoamerica. The rings where players would score a goal are set 30 feet (9 meters) above the playing alley. There were actually 13 ballcourts at Chichen Itza, but this one is the biggest: it measures 551 x 230 feet (168 x 70 meters). It is also very well-preserved.
The game they played was called “Pok-a-tok” or “pok-ta-pok” and was played with a solid rubber ball.
There is a Temple (the Temple of the Bearded Man) that overlooks the court and royal spectators probably viewed the games from this vantage point. You can explore this area yourself or with a guide who will give you some interesting facts about the ancient structure. It is very impressive and worth seeing.
Written 31 March 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Unlike the Abba's great hit, here the winner looses all - in Chichen Itza meaning his life.
But here, it was a great honor for Maya people. First, to win the game and then to sacrifice yourself for rain and crops by being beheaded.
This ball playground was the biggest we saw on our 2 week Yucatan tour. It is very well preserved and walking along it you could see great carvings on both sides.
On the northern side is the Temple of the bearded man from where the king (ruler) watched the game. The acoustics is outstanding, you can perfectly hear a conservation from the other side.
Written 9 February 2021
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Rich
San Diego, CA687 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
This was a very impressive example of the Mayan ball court; it is absolutely huge! There are also carvings on the walls, showing a Mayan warrior/ball player holding the decapitated winner’s head (yes, the winner’s head!)
Written 29 January 2021
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The first basketball court and the captain of the winning team was beheaded as an honor. The structure itself is not all that spectacular more the stories and history that come from being in that place.
Written 22 November 2020
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,653 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This old "sports arena" was built for their entertainment, and a pretty well preserved area. The tiny structure at the end with the walls on each side gives it all its character.
Written 26 October 2020
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Brandylady
Aberdeen, UK1,315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Was interested to see the court after having seen the pelota ball in the anthropological museum in Mexico City a few days before.
A couple of rings still remain attached to each side .
Interesting carvings tell the story under the snake at side of court .
Written 28 February 2020
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