Edifice 44: The Palace
Uxmal. The Palace was built during four different periods of Dzibilchaltún's history, with some sections covered over by successive constructions.
see Part 12).
The East Side Complex
The East Side Temples
Nine was a sacred number to the ancient Maya and temples are often found with that number of stairs leading up to the top platform. For example, the famous Castillo (also known as the Pirámide de Kukulkan) at Chichen Itza is a structure made up of nine stepped platforms. The number nine is closely associated with both the Maya calendar and their nine-step underworld. The top of the temple contains the remains of an ancient altar.
This completes Part 14 of my NW Yucatan series. In the next part, we will conclude our visit to Dzibilchaltún with a look at the sacred Xlacah Cenote, the Ball Court, and the Colonial-era ruins. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the longest-occupied city in the ancient Mesoamerican world. I appreciate feedback, so if you would like to provide some, either leave your thoughts in the Comments section below or email me directly.
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