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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 … Continue reading

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The House of the Halach Uinic in the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Each Mayan city was ruled by a man called the halach uinic who also served as high-priest.  The house of the halach uinic in Tulum is relatively well preserved.  Above the entrance is an elaborate carving protected in modern times … Continue reading

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The Castle in the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The main attraction in the Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico is El Castillo or The Castle.  The descriptive plaque for the structure states: This is the most imposing building of Tulum and, without a doubt, was also the … Continue reading

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A First Look at the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The second Mayan archeological site I visited in Quintana Roo, Mexico was the coastal city of Tulum.  The city was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries.  Tulum was unusual in that it was a walled city with the … Continue reading

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The Left Side of the Temple of the Masks in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The one thing that visitors want to see in the Mayan city of Kohunlich in Quintana Roo, Mexico is the Temple of the Masks.  The structure is now largely covered with palm thatch, protecting the masks.  On the left side of the … Continue reading

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The Right Side of the Temple of the Masks in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The shining star of the Mayan city of Kohunlich in Quintana Roo, Mexico is the Temple of the Masks.  The structure now visible was covered by later construction, leaving the masks in remarkable condition.  At least one of the stone … Continue reading

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Merwyn Plaza, Ball Court, and Temple of the Masks in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Adjacent to the Stelae Plaza is Merwyn Plaza and the Ball Court.  The plaque at the Ball Court describes the ball game. The Ball Game As with other Mayan sites of importance, Kohunlich has a Ball Game court.  The game played … Continue reading

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Stelae Plaza in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Adjacent to the Acropolis Plaza is the Stelae Plaza, named for the building on the east side of the plaza, the Stelae Structure.  Along the stairs leading up to the Stelae Structure are the stelae themselves: upright stone slabs with … Continue reading

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The Palace and the Western Residential Complex in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Stretching out below the Acropolis in the Mayan city of Kohunlich in Quintana Roo, Mexico is a large grassy field called the Acropolis Plaza.  The Acropolis itself is located on the eastern edge of this field. Acropolis Plaza in Kohunlich … Continue reading

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The Acropolis in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The largest structure in the ancient Mayan city of Kohunlich is called the Acropolis.  As in other buildings with residential funcions, stone beds can be seen with small cubbyholes beneath where the resident could store possessions.  The descriptive plaque near … Continue reading

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