Final Views of the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico is a compact site with only a handful of archeologically interesting structures.  The city is, however, located right on the Caribbean, lending it perhaps the Mayan city with the most beautiful views.

The Temple of the Descending God is mentioned on one of the descriptive plaques:

Templo del Dios Descendente (Temple of the Descending God)

This is one of the most beautiful temples in Tulum.  Neither the walls nor the door adjust to a straight vertical line.  This is not a result of the passage of time, but rather the way it was originally designed.  It was constructed upon another temple which was fitted in, in order to serve as a base.  In the recess above the door there is a sculpture representing a personage descending from the heavens, with a headdress crowing his head and holding an object in his hands.  The temple was decorated inside and out with a mural painting of several representations of gods, which, unfortunately, can no longer be admired.

Other structures include the Temple of the Wind and the House of the Cenote (a structure built over a sinkhole presumably used for the city’s water supply.  Finally, a view of the rear of the Castle, looking towards the Caribbean.

The Temple of the Descending God

The Temple of the Descending God

SOURCE:  The Temple of the Descending God (Tulum, Quintana Roo, México); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 February 2012.

The Temple of the Wind

The Temple of the Wind

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

The House of the Cenote

The House of the Cenote

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

From the Castle to the Sea

From the Castle to the Sea

SOURCE:  From the Castle to the Sea (Tulum, Quintana Roo, México); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 February 2012.

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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