Visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal in Mexico. It is currently one of the most important and well known sites of the Mayan culture that you can visit in the country. Stick around to learn more about its buildings, characteristic features and much more. If you are interested in visiting more Maya architecture, we definitely recommend Chichen Itza.
Uxmal in the Yucatan Peninsula
To visit the ruins of Uxmal, you will have to head south of the city of Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán. Situado en la “Ruta Puuc”, está junto a otros lugares que también se pueden visitar.
The archaeological site of Uxmal
Admission to the event costs approximately 10 euros (234 Mexican pesos). Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You can also watch the light and sound show that takes place at night, with a duration of about 45 minutes.
Within the territory you have the possibility of choosing two trails that are marked at the entrance of Uxmal, one is more exhaustive than the other.
Getting to know the ruins of Uxmal
In Uxmal there are several characteristic points that we will now list for you:
The Pyramid of the Soothsayer, which got its name from the legend of researcher John Lloyd. It tells the story of the son of a sorceress, a dwarf who was born from an egg. The protagonist made a bet with the governor of the city, whom he wanted to remove from office, that he could build a pyramid at night. Once the feat was accomplished, the dwarf proclaimed himself governor of Uxmal. It is the largest monument you will find here, with several structures each with its own temple.
The Nun’s Quadrangle is just behind the Pyramid of the Soothsayer, accessed by large stairs and located in a courtyard with a particularly convent-like shape, hence its name.
You will also find the ball game, where you can still see the two rings to play. It was a very common activity, with a religious meaning.
You will appreciate the House of the Turtles, with an ornamentation reminiscent of these animals.
The Governor’s Palace is, after the Pyramid of the Soothsayer, another outstanding and great complex of the city of Uxmal.
There is also the Throne of the Jaguar, a small platform accessed by four different staircases. It is a sculpture representing two jaguars joined by the thorax.
Another characteristic element was the Great Pyramid. It is believed to have had almost the same dimensions as the Pyramid of the soothsayer. It consists of 9 basements and large stairways.
Likewise, the city of Uxmal is composed of the House of the Doves, located behind the Great Pyramid. It is so named because of its resemblance to a dovecote. And the Quadrangle of the cemetery, whose ornamentation is based on skulls and bones. You can see these buildings and much more in the city of Uxmal.
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