Uxmal, Yucatan--page 5 (of six pages)

Classic Period; founded about 700-750 CE; declined between 920-50 CE




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)


The Ballcourt

Between the Nunnery and the Governor's Palace these is a plaza containing a 34 meter ballcourt. The ring protruding from the side of the court is a replica. Although scholars know the ball games were important to the Mayans and have discovered several at single sites, this is the only ball court found at this site.
 
 
 

House of the Turtles (or Temple of the Turtles)

This simple rectangular building (96 x 33") has a plain lower story and a Puuc frieze of attached drum columns topped by a cornice with a row of carved turtles. (Turtles were also associated with rain as are the repeated Chac masks at the site.)
 

The Great Pyramid

Beyond the Governor's Palace lies what remains of the pyramid, which may have been originally larger than the Pyramid of the Magician. It is older than most of the buildings on the site and dates about 750-850. The temple at the top with carvings of birds is called the Temple of the Macaws.
 
There are several recently restored buildings in this general area (between the Ball court and the Nunnery essentially), although I believe they are unnamed. A beautiful colonnade characterizes this building.

(If you know the name of this building, please contact me at the email address given at the bottom of this page.)
 
(If you know the name of this building, please contact me at the email address given at the bottom of this page.)
 
(If you know the name of this building with this arch, please contact me at the email address given at the bottom of this page.)


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