This photograph is taken from the northeast toward the Central Plaza and ceremonial centre of Dzibilchaltun. Looking from the right, and beyond the stepped platform, the rear of the open Franciscan chapel (1590 - 1600 CE) rises up against the skyline. There is a building to its right, largely a ruin and out of the photo, that may have served as the quarters intended to house visiting brothers. To the left of the chapel may be seen stepped pillars of the gate that served as entry to the corral (kraal) for cattle when the area of the plaza near the cenote was used as a cattle ranch in the 19th? century. And finally, the long structure to the left (about 120 metres) is labelled as Structure 44. It would have provided ample seating for a rodeo had the Maya indulged. :-)
Not showing on the site-layout board at the entrance, there is a ball court reached by a path a relatively short distance south of the west end of Structure (and sub-structure) 44. Visitors might like to view and take a photograph. I learned of this only after I returned to Canada. The court made its appearance relatively late in the history of Dzibilchaltun. It is a bit more than 20 metres long and 12 metres wide. Its western section was built on top of an already existing one.
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