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The upper structure, believed to be a temple, is the earlier, and situated at the tree line. There are two porticos on its façade, generated by two columns consisting in two drums, with rectangular capitals and corbels. Portions of Chaac masks remain above the centre of the doorways. On the terrace of the second level, left near the tree, there is a chultun with a large circular catch basin (that may be seen in Google Earth). This is quite unusual as it is almost over the rooms below. This portion of the palace probably served as living quarters for the élite. A wide sacbé leads directly south from the patio 165 metres to the Central Plaza.

"The reader will form some idea of the overgrown and shrouded condition of this building (first level) from the fact that I had been at work nearly the whole day upon the terrace, without knowing that there was another building on the top. In order to take in the whole front at one view, it was necessary to carry the clearing back some distance into the plain, and in doing this I discovered the upper structure. The growth of trees before it was almost equal to that on the terrace, or in any part of the forest. The whole had to be cleared, the trees thrown down upon the terrace, and thence dragged away to the plain. This building consists of single narrow corridors, and the façade is of plain stone without any ornaments.

The platform in front is the roof of the building underneath, and in this platform was a circular hole, like those seen at Uxmal and other places, leading to subterraneous chambers (chultuns)."

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Volume II
1842 - 1843 CE,
John Lloyd Stephens

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 502] (1551)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-15
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-15 4:34
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