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Uxmal, in NW Yucatan about 60 km south of Merida, was once one of the most important Mayan cities. This photo shows the governor's palace in the fg, with the Pyramid of the Magician in the distance.

(Unlike its neighbor Chichen Itza, Uxmal is not quite so well known, and therefore not quite so overrun with tourists. So, while it was a bit difficult, it was not impossible to get this shot without the usual brightly colored T-shirted tourists.

"It [the palace] lies upon a platform of 8 to 12 mts. high, 187 mts long and 170 mts. wide. The structure is 98 mts on the front and has a width of 12 mts. It was divided into three sections separated [by] very tall transverse vaults. Its facade boasts some of the most beautiful Mayan architectural sculpture. Masks of the [rain] God Chaac adorn its four corners and they are also placed diagonally, creating a serpentine molding. Conspicuous in the center is a throne with a majestically seated sovereign, surrounded by intertwining serpents and masks of the God Chaac. It is dated between 900-1000 A.D:" [English version of the explanatory plaque in front of the palace]

See the WS for a closeup of the throne on the facade.

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