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Uxmal - Governor’s Palace (Palacio del Gobernador) - Ruin - Mexico

The Governor’s Palace is majestic, a dwelling truly fit for kings. Completed in 987 AD it is the architectural opposite of the Pyramid of the Magician: rectangular rather than oval, a residence rather than a place of worship, and low-slung rather than soaring. The palace’s vast manmade platform rises from a terrace containing a double-headed jaguar throne. Smaller wings flank a central structure embroidered by a frieze that is the architect’s masterstroke, a complex, geometric mosaic. It boggles the mind to think that it contains about 20,000 stone blocks, each weighing 20 to 80 kg (44 to 176 lbs).

The palace, which is 98 m (322 ft) long, 12 m (39 ft) wide and 8 m (26 ft) high, also honors the rain god Chac whose image appears 103 times in the frieze. The alignment of the central doorway hints at a reverence for the planet Venus and points to the spot where the planet rises only once every eight years.


Here are other activities in and around Uxmal Ruin Complex that may be of interest: Pyramid of the Magician (Pirámide del Adivino), Uxmal Ruins - Nunnery Quadrangle (Cuadrángulo de las Monjas) and Uxmal Ruins - Other sites of interest.

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