Catherwood’s Jungle-Covered Ruins

April 27, 2011

Visit “jungle ruins” these days and you’ll likely stroll along nicely manicured lawns and gaze upon rebuilt stone structures.  What an experience it must have been for 19th century explorers to stumble upon actual jungle-COVERED ruins.  Compare:

Chichen Itza, 2011

Chichen Itza, 1839

Unfortunately, there aren’t many images like this, showing how these ruins appeared when first seen by Westerners.  Fortunately, there are the works of Frederick Catherwood, creator of the above lithograph of Chichen Itza.  I’ve included some of my favorites in the slideshow below, but visit the CASA FREDERICK CATHERWOOD site for a more complete collection.

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