adivino pyramid

Uxmal, The Invisible City - 20170115

Uxmal is another ancient Maya city and a fine example of Puuc (the name of the region during Mayan time) architectural style. The name is believed to mean “three times built” referring to the times it had to rebuilt. According to a myth, Uxmal is an ‘invisible city’, built in one night by the magic of the dwarf king. It was the capital of the local Mayan state between 9th and 10th century until it was conquered by Toltec, another Mesoamerican culture.

The Adivino (aka the 'Pyramid of the Magician’ or the 'Pyramid of the Dwarf’), a pyramid with unusual structure with oval/elliuptical outlines.

The Adivino from the other side.

The adjacent building decorated with birds

The Ballcourt

The Nunnery Quadrangle, one of many quadrangles in Uxmal, has the finest example of carved facades.

Governor’s Palace, atop a huge platform, has the longest facades in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, measuring over 100 metres.

The view of Uxmal from the Governor’s Palace.

Grand Pyramid

House of the Doves, named as such due to the birdhouse-like structure on the top of the buidling.

Cemetery House, named after skull and bones carvings.

A Mayan themed restaurant outside the archeological site. 20170115