This is the head-on, postcard view of the Palace of Sayil, photographed near the start of the path south. I cannot summarize it better than with these words.
"The oldest unit of the palace at Sayil is undecorated save for a simple rectangular molding on its principal façade. At one time this unit was an independent structure, and it was never remodeled but simply incorporated in the first story of the palace when the stairway was built, and another, more ornate wing added to the east of it. The resulting lack of symmetry is not offensive to the eye, however, for the wings are not parallel. Each recedes slightly from the stairway, and the two can be viewed together only from a considerable distance, when their differences in detail become inconspicuous. Attention is centred on the second story, which is one of the most successful examples of its type. The columned doorways are a common feature in the Yucatan, and their rhythmic alternation with simple rectangular openings is one of the pleasing traits of the Puuc style."
An Album of Maya Architecture, 1946,
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