The Great Palace of Kabah rests on its own plaza some 13 steps up from the lower plaza of the East Group. Consisting of two levels, it faces west, and is representative of the architecture from the early Puuc era. The frieze is simplicity itself, with groups of three small columns bound together as in the style of Maya huts, separated by plain panels. Any perceived monotony to the façade is relieved by two porticos with a central column completed with a dado-shaped capital. The platform on which it stands includes almost 14 cisterns confirming the residential purpose of the structure. It contains 34 vaulted rooms in total. The fretted roofcomb along the top reappears on the adjacent Codz Poop. A projection above this comb to the left has been taken over as a roost by black vultures. This projection may be all that survives of a third level to the palace. Kabah was always one of the most important Puuc sites and at one time it may have enjoyed pre-eminence over Uxmal. Kabah is located 9 kilometres directly north of Sayil.
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