The Temple of the Frescoes sits atop an earlier construction in the Paintings Group. It is of the late post-classic era and was executed in what is called the Tulum or East-Coast (Yucatan) style. Both its interior and exterior were pictorially decorated but, today, only a part of the frieze remains for viewing (from the ground). The red and Mayan blue have survived time. Indeed there are still some glyphs that may be vaguely seen (top centre just below the overhang of the thatching). The interior walls are darkened by smoke. The glyphs allude to propitiatory rites linked to requests for rain. Most of the murals were removed in the 1970s, awaiting their eventual display in an as-yet unbuilt Coba site museum.
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