Photographer's Note

I made this shot in Bonampak and wanted to show a view of the steep stairs and the temple above, where the famous preserved Mayan murals are inside. The stairs are pretty steep and steps are made for small feet so it's hard to climb them, but even harder to descend. It is, however, worth a try: 1) to see the stunning murals; 2) to get the view of the city from the top.

"Bonampak is an ancient Maya site in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, about 30km (20 miles) south of the larger site of Yaxchilan and the border with Guatemala.

It is small Maya site, which was a dependency of Yaxchilan. All of the structures seem to have been built in the period from about 580 to 800. Bonampak was rediscovered in 1946 by photographer Giles Healy, who was led to it by the nomadic Lacandon Maya who still visited the site to pray in the ancient temples.

Bonampak contains several medium-sized temples around a plaza, along with a few well carved stelae, but is famous for the murals in one of the buildings.

What is often referred to as The Temple of the Murals (also more prosaically called "Structure 1") is a long narrow building with 3 rooms atop a low-stepped pyramid base. The interior walls preserve the finest examples of classic Maya painting, otherwise known only from pottery and occasional small faded fragments. Through a fortunate accident, rainwater seeped into the plaster of the roof in such a way as to cover the interior walls with a layer of slightly transparent calcium carbonate."


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Viewed: 1999
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Additional Photos by Yvonne Becker (smash2707) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 583 W: 86 N: 686] (3320)
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