|This site includes the following:|
Pyramid of the Magician--page 1 (12 images)
Quadrangle of the Birds--page 2 (10 images)
The Nunnery, East and West Buildings--page 3 (9 images)
The Nunnery, North and South Buildings--page 4 (10 images)
The Ball court, House of the Turtles, Great Pyramid, and smaller buildings--page 5 (14 images)
Governor's Palace--page 6 (12 images)
sculptural works from the Uxmal Museum--page 2 (2 images)
Looking northwest toward the north building of the NunneryThe Nunnery Quadrangle is made up of four separate buildings joined at the corners. All are long low one-story buildings with emphatic horizontality, made even more obvious by the use of Puuc ornament: plain lower walls with stone mosaic friezes carved in the upper register. Although it includes some eighty plus rooms, the purpose of the Nunnery is unknown. (It was clearly not a Nunnery, this name being given the structure by European conquerors.)
Nunnery, The East BuildingThe building is on a low platform and has five doorways into a complex of fourteen rooms. The Puuc frieze consists of triangular-shaped lattice patterns and Itzam-Ye (or Chac/Tloloc?) masks at the corners and middle of the frieze.
|The lattice inverted triangles are divided by parallel double-headed serpents--the shortest at the bottom and the longest at the top. The owl sculpture at the top is associated with warfare and sacrifice in Mayan culture.|
Nunnery, The West BuildingFacing the East Building, this structure is similar--on a low platform but with seven doorways into the fourteen rooms. It is 59 yards long, seven yards longer than its opposite number--so the Quadrangle is not an exact square.
|The frieze here includes Maya huts, step and fret motifs, and mat grids. But the length of the frieze also includes two feathered serpents, complete with rattler tails and a man emerging from the snake mouth. Other human and animal figures are interspersed.|