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Santa Elena in Municipality of Santa Elena, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The Great Temple / Great Pyramid

 
 
The Great Temple / Great Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
1. The Great Temple / Great Pyramid Marker
Inscription.
Templo Mayor o Gran Pirámide
Este monumento mide alrededor de 80 m. en su costado norte y aproximadamente 30 m. de altura. Su forma general es la de una pirámidecuadrangular truncada, de nueve cuerpos escalonados. La escalinata norte conduce a una plataforma sobre la cual hay una edificación llamada Templo de las Guacamayas. Los mascarones de las esquinas tienen un esculpido más redondeado que otros de Uxmal. Data de mediados del siglo VIII.

Maya-Yucateco:
Nojoch K’u’ Naj Wa Nojoch Ka’anal Naj
Le naja’ ku p’lsik naats’tl’ 80 meetros tu tséelil xaman yéetel naats’tl’ 30 meetros u ka’anlil. U wiinkiile’ je’ex jump’éel noj naj kantséele’ xot’a’an u ka’anlil, yéetel bolon wa 9 u wiinklilo’ob jump’éel yóok’ol uláak’. Le eebil xamano’ ku bin tak lump’éel ka’anal but’bil lu’um yaan tu yook’ole’ jump’éel naj k’aba’ata’an U k’u’ najil le mo’obo’ wa Templo de las Guacamayass. U pix icho’obil le ti’itso’obo’ yaan ti’ob jump’éel betpajlil maas wóolista’an ti’ le uláak’ob te’ Uxmala’. U k’iinile’ ku taal ti’ u chúumukilo’ob u ja’abil 800.

English:
Great Temple/Great Pyramid
This monument is 30 meters high and 80 meters long on its North side. It is a nine-tiered, broken shaped stepped pyramid. The steps on the Northen side lead to a platform upon which a building called the
The Great Temple / Great Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
2. The Great Temple / Great Pyramid Marker
Also in front of The Great Temple is this additional marker, with very similar text to the featured marker.
“Macaw Temple”. The masks decorating the corners of the building are more rounded than the others in Uxmal. The construction is dated to the VIIIth century.
 
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA)-INAH.
 
Location. 20° 21.522′ N, 89° 46.321′ W. Marker is in Santa Elena, Yucatán, in Municipality of Santa Elena. Marker can be reached from Route 261. Click for map. The marker is just north of the Great Pyramid at Uxmal Archaeological Site, some ten kilometers from Muna, south of Mérida. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Elena, Yucatán 97899, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pigeon-House Cluster (within shouting distance of this marker); The Governor's Palace (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Pillory Shrine (about 120 meters away); The Throne of the Jaguar (about 150 meters away); Architecture (about 180 meters away); The Ballgame (about 180 meters away); The Cemetery Group (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Columns Building or the East Portico (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Elena.
 
Categories. AnthropologyArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
The Great Temple / Great Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
3. The Great Temple / Great Pyramid Marker
The marker is at the base of the pyramid, towards the left in this view.
A wide view of the additional The Great Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
4. A wide view of the additional The Great Temple Marker
The 'more rounded' Chaac masks at the Great Temple image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
5. The 'more rounded' Chaac masks at the Great Temple
The repeated macaw motif that gives The Great Temple its alternative name of the "Macaw Temple" image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
6. The repeated macaw motif that gives The Great Temple its alternative name of the "Macaw Temple"
An additional view of The Great Temple / Great Pyramid image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
7. An additional view of The Great Temple / Great Pyramid
A view towards the north from The Great Temple at Uxmal image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
8. A view towards the north from The Great Temple at Uxmal
A 'chaltun' in the plaza of The Great Temple image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
9. A 'chaltun' in the plaza of The Great Temple
In the plaza to the north of The Great Temple are many holes such as these, which are openings into the 'chaltunes', or water reservoirs, that stored rainwater at Uxmal and other mayan sites of the Yucatán.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on April 19, 2017.
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