Photographer's Note

"(the photo) represents a pyramidal mound, holding aloft the most curious and extraordinary structure we had seen in the country. It put us on alert the moment we saw it. We passed the entire day before it, and in looking back upon our journey among ruined cities, no subject of greater interest presents itself to my mind. The mound is forty-five feet high. The steps had fallen; trees were growing out of the place where they had stood, and we reached the top by clinging to the branches; when these were cleared away, it was extremely difficult to ascend and descend...

A narrow platform forms the top of the mound. The building faces the south, and when entire measured forty-three feet in front and twenty feet in depth. It had three doorways, of which one, with eight feet of the whole structure, has fallen, and is now in ruins. The centre doorway opens into two chambers, each twenty feet long and six feet wide.

Above the cornice of the building rises a gigantic perpendicular wall in the height of thirty feet, once ornamented from top to bottom, and from one side to the other, with colossal figures, and other designs in stucco, now broken and in fragments, but still presenting a curious and extraordinary appearance, such as the art of no other people ever produced."

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: 914] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-15
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 4:23
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