The North Palace, enjoying the highest elevation and presumably of the greatest importance, is reached by a broad staircase and sits at an elevation of 20' (6 metres). Interesting, according to John Lloyd Stephens, it is built atop and encloses a smaller building of much earlier date. Doorways, walls, and lintels of the older are seen today. It is the decoration that is more recent. This is the west view, as much of the frieze to the east is missing. Specifically, of the seven columns of Chaac masks, only five remain. At the base, and adjoining the staircase are two chapels, one per side. Again it is the west one that is decorated with a mostly intact frieze of Chaac masks. Efforts by Stephens to find anything in the centre of the plaza came to naught.
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