The Temple of the Frescos and the Great Palace in Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Temple of the Frescoes and the Great Palace in the Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico are described in interpretive plaques on the site.

Templo de las Pinturas (Temple of the Frescos)

This building conserves most of the decorative elements of Tulum.  It has two levels, of which the lower level is comprised of two temples, one within the other, where the decoration is concentrated.  The façade of the inner temple is decorated with mural paintings, while that of the outer temple boasts stucco figures in bas-relief, including masks in the corners, sculptures in three niches in the façade – the central one is a representation of the descending god – and human figures intertwined in the frieze.  The temple of the upper level is very simple as its decoration consists of red-colored hand prints.

El Palacio (The Palace)

This is one of the buildings which served as a residence to the most important inhabitants of Tulum.  It is formed by various large rooms which were covered with roofs supported by columns and beams.  There are benches around the walls, which were used as seats and probably as beds.  AT the side of the building there is a sanctuary where the family held their religious ceremonies.

Temple of the Frescos - 1

Temple of the Frescos – 1

SOURCE:  Temple of the Frescos – 1 (Tulum, Quintana Roo, México); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 February 2012.

Temple of the Frescos - 2

Temple of the Frescos – 2

SOURCE:  Temple of the Frescos – 2 (Tulum, Quintana Roo, México); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 February 2012.

Face Carved on the Corner of the Temple of the Frescos

Face Carved on the Corner of the Temple of the Frescos

SOURCE:  Face Carved on the Corner of the Temple of the Frescos (Tulum, Quintana Roo, México); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 February 2012.

The Great Palace or the House of the Columns

The Great Palace or the House of the Columns

SOURCE:  The Great Palace or the House of the Columns (Tulum, Quintana Roo, México); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 February 2012.

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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