Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period. The archaeological site is located in

Tinum Municipality, Yucatán State, Mexico.Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic

(c. 600–900 AD) to the Terminal Classic (c. 800–900 AD) and the early part of the Postclassic period (c. 900 AD). -1200). The site displays

a variety of architectural styles, reminiscent of the styles seen in central Mexico and the Puuc and Chens styles of the northern Maya

lowlands. The presence of Central Mexican styles was once thought to be representative of direct migration or conquest from central Mexico,

but most contemporary interpretations see the appearance of these non-Maya styles more as a result of cultural diffusion.

Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and was likely to be one of the mythical great cities, or Tolán, referred to in later

Mesoamerican literature. The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that may have contributed to

the variety of architectural styles at the site.The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site is managed by

the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History) of Mexico. The land

under the monuments was privately owned until 29 March 2010, when it was purchased by the State of Yucatán.