The sacbé leads directly south from the Palace for 165 metres, terminating at the structures that form a part of the Central Plaza. The latter rests to the west only a short distance from the pyramidal base of the Watchtower. There are ramps where workers may deposit and/or collect the loads they had to carry and it is conceivable that there may have been market days with goods on sale. The residential areas would commence beyond the core of the settlement in the forest.
To the left, there "is an arched gateway, remarkable for its beauty of proportions and grace of ornament.... On the right, running off at an angle of thirty degrees, is a long building much fallen which could not be comprehended in the view. On the left, it forms an angle with another building, and on the return of the wall there is a doorway, not shown in the (photo), of good proportions, and more richly ornamented than any other portion of the structure. The effect of the whole combination is curious and striking, and, familiar as we were with ruins, the first view, with the great wall towering in front, created an impression that is not easily described."
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Volume II,
1842 - 1843 CE,
John Lloyd Stephens
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