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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico — The Yucatan Peninsula (The Southeast)
 

The Castle

El Castillo

 
 
The Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 16, 2017
1. The Castle Marker
Inscription.  
Es el edificio más imponente de Tulum y, sin dude, fue también el más importante. Sin embargo, hace más de 500 años lo debió aún ser más, pues la fachada estaba pintada de vivos colores y decorada con esculturas; además, en sus esquinas, tuvo grandes mascarones de estuvo, de los cuales todavía se conservan restos.

En el nivel del piso, hacia ambos lados de la escalera, hay dos pequeños templos en cuyo altares interiores se depositaban ofrendas que llenaban de olores y colores el ambiente. En el templo superior se realizaban las principales ceremonias religiosas.

English:
This is the most imposing building of Tulum and certainly was also the most important. Nonetheless, more than 500 years ago it must have been even more so, because the façade was brightly painted and decorated with sculptures; moreover, at its corners, it had large stucco masks, traces of which still remain.

At ground level, on both sides of the stairs, there are two small temples with inner altars where offerings were left that filled the space with smells and colors. In the upper temple, major religious ceremonies were held.
 
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Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans.
 
Location. 20° 12.879′ N, 87° 25.763′ W. Marker is in Tulum, Quintana Roo. Marker can be reached from Carretera Cancún - Tulum (Route 307). The marker is west of "The Castle" (El Castillo) at the Tulum Archaeological Site near the town of Tulum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulum QR 77700, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Temple of the Descending God (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of the Stela (within shouting distance of this marker); The Palace of the Great Lord (within shouting distance of this marker); Trade and Navigation (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Caste War 1847-1900 (about 180 meters away); The House of the Cenote (about 210 meters away).
 
The Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 16, 2017
2. The Castle Marker
Frank Catherwood's 1844 lithograph of The Castle. image. Click for full size.
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3. Frank Catherwood's 1844 lithograph of The Castle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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