Tulum is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the State of Quintana Roo. It is located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, 42 km south of Coba via highway 307.
Tulum was strategically built on a cliff over viewing the Caribbean Sea.
Tulum is surrounded by a huge stone wall, Its height is irregular since it follows the contours of the land and it is rectangular shaped with only three sides; that which faces the sea was naturally protected. Without a doubt, the wall had a defensive purpose although it also served to establish the limits of the "sacred" area. It has five doorways or entrances: one facing west, two to the north and two more to the south. From the inside,one can climb the wall by using the stairs specially built for this purpose. This city was also known as Zama (dawn) because of being in one of the places were dawn first breaks in our country.
Tulum was contemporary to Chichen Itza and Mayapan, and when the latter two states fell, it consolidated its position, paving the way for greatest period of expansion. Its decline began at the time Hispanic navigators arrived on its shores and islands from the on, a certain cultural cohesion was attained that has prevailed until the present time.
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- Copyright: Cem Canbay (canbayimages) (1708)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2009-11-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, 67mm Circular Polarizer
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