Photographer's Note

This round temple was built on the east side of the Central Plaza and, indeed, the main access is from the west. This particular view is from the east, however, with the Castillo (and its temple on top) in the background. The Caracol sits on a rectangular platform that measures 20 metres in length, 8 metres in width and is 3.5 metres high. There are four doorways, one at each of the cardinal points. Its core is a solid cylinder with a diameter of 4.5 metres containing 4 niches in the upper portion. The whole was used for ceremonial purposes and presumably represents an attempt to replicate the observatory seen at Chichen Itza.

This structure is labelled as Q152 on the AUM Carnegie Explorer Map of Mayapán.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 914] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-17
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-07-19 3:38
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