Temple Of The Frescos - Tulum
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Temple of the Frescos - Tulum Ruins, Mexico, Pre-Columbian Maya walled city
The Temple of the Frescoes is a well preserved building in the Tulum ruins as it is protected by the large Castillo from wind and salt. It is one of the only buildings that has original frescoes on the exterior and interior. It was used an observatory for tracking the movement of the sun, an activity that led to some historical findings by the Mayas.
Visitor are not permitted inside the Temple of the Frescoes in order to preserve the 13th century frescoes that are in the interior and exterior of the building.
The frescoes are distinctly Mayan with representations of the rain god Chaac and Ixchel, the goddess of weaving, women, the moon, and medicine. Supernatural serpents are also a common motif. The frescoes is located on the eastern interior wall and is said to resemble a style that originated in highland Mexico, called the Mixteca-Puebla style.
January 30th, 2013
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