House of the Halach Uinic
Click image for a detail of the Descending God
An additional column and pillar were added for roof support.
This building, which stands on a platform, has an
entrance with four columns and a pillar. In the rear room there is a shrine against the
rear wall. There is also a direct entrance to this shrine room in back.The passage on
the left leads to a set of stairs, also around the back.
The thatch awning is to help prevent further
sun and water damage to the stucco figure beneath it.
House of the Columns (The Great Palace)
(The Mayas had no doors as we know them.)
This building was one of the largest residential buildings in Tulum. The original plan was in the shape of an "L", while the west wing was added later. The narrow room in back has its own shrine, and small outside-facing windows which still have the ring that once held curtains.
A Residential Platform
Many people of lesser status lived outside the
walls -- remains stretch out for some 3 or 4 miles outside the walls. In fact,
only about 10% of the ruins we know lie within the walls, but due to their
significance, they are also some of the most impressive.
These platforms were used as foundations
for perishable (non-stone) houses, belonging to people important enough to live
within the walls. They sometimes appear tilted, but bear in mind that Tulum
itself was formed into a bowl-shaped depression, so many platforms rest on
All photos © 1997 Scott Sakurai
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