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Melchor de Mencos in Municipality of Melchor de Mencos, Petén, Guatemala
 

The North Acropolis at Yaxhá

 
 
The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
1. The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker
Inscription.
Acrópolis Norte
El conjunto es el más antiguo de Yaxhá, su morfología representa aspectos sagrados de la cosmovisión maya. Prácticamente todos los edificios incluyen construcciones más antigua en el interior. En el lado norte que representa al cielo, se encuentra una pirámide organizada en siete terrazas. Para los mayas el lado oeste significó el dominio de la oscuridad, que representó al inframundo. La escalinata de ingreso a la acrópolis tuvo mascarones.

English translation:
The North Acropolis
The North Acropolis is the oldest of Yaxhá. Its morphology represents the sacred aspects of the Mayan worldview. Virtually all of the buildings here include older constructions in their interior. The northern side of the Acropolis represents the sky. It is represented by a pyramid organized into seven terraces. For the Maya, the western side represented the power of darkness, which represented the underworld. The stairway entrance to the Acropolis at one time included large plaster and stone masks known as “mascarones.”
 
Location. 17° 4.551′ N, 89° 24.145′ W. Marker is in Melchor de Mencos, Petén, in Municipality of Melchor de Mencos. Touch for map. The marker is in the North Acropolis in Yaxhá Archaeological
The western pyramid at The North Acropolis at Yaxhá image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
2. The western pyramid at The North Acropolis at Yaxhá
This is the pyramid mentioned in the marker text which represented the Mayan underworld or darkness. A tourist celebrates making it to the top of the pyramid.
Park. The park is some 5 kilometers north of the village of El Zapote, turning from the CA13 road. Marker is in this post office area: Melchor de Mencos, Petén 17011, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Plaza of the Birds (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Palace's Ballgame (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Sacrificial Pyramid (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Intersection of the Eastern and Quarry Causeways (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); East Causeway Residential Zone (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Quarry Causeway (approx. half a kilometer away); Plaza of the Columns (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Eastern Acropolis of Yaxhá (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melchor de Mencos.
 
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The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
3. The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker
"The northern side of the Acropolis represents the sky. It is represented by a pyramid organized into seven terraces..." The middle pyramid in this view is the northern pyramid mentioned in the marker.
The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
4. The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker
This reconstructed residential complex is at the southern side of the North Acropolis.
A reconstructed 'mascarón' at The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
5. A reconstructed 'mascarón' at The North Acropolis at Yaxhá Marker
As the marker mentions, previously the North Acropolis had large, elaborate masks (known as 'mascarones') that lined its entrance. This is an example of a reconstruction of one of the mascarones, made of plaster and stonework. During the time that Yaxhá was inhabited they would have been painted in bright colors.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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