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The Arch of Kabah is the symbol of the city. Much reconstructed in the early 1950s, it is sited to the west of the Great Pyramid (a ruin). It marks a welcoming entrance to what was an important Puuc centre, and the original construction dates from 670 - 770 CE. It marks the start of the sacbé that heads north, then west, to Uxmal. This view is of the north face. Despite much of the top half being in ruins, John Lloyd Stephens had this to say about it.

"It is a lonely arch, of the same form with all the rest, having a span of fourteen feet. It stands on a ruined mound, disconnected from every other structure, in solitary grandeur. Darkness rests upon its history, but in that desolation and solitude, among the ruins around, it stood like the proud memorial of a Roman triumph."

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Volume I,
1842 - 1843 CE.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 496] (1533)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-15
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-22 3:48
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