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

Plaza of the Columns

 
 
Plaza of the Columns Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
1. Plaza of the Columns Marker
Inscription.
Plaza de las Columnas
(Plaza B)
El conjunto se ubica en el extremo norte de la Calzada de los Peregrinos. El lado Oeste lo ocupa un edificio en forma de Salón Abierto que tuvo 7 columnas circulares en la fachada de influencia maya Yucateca. En el sector norte de la plaza se encuentran cuatro pequeños santuarios. En la escalinata monumental del Palacio de las quince puertas que supera los 15 metros de altura, se encontró la estela 11 que muestra un guerrero vestido como Tláloc, una deidad mexicana asociada a la lluvia, el trueno y la guerra que tuvo fuerte influencia en la cultura maya del período Clásico Temprano.

El altar central de la plaza tuvo forma cruciforme, muy similar al altar que se encuentra al centro de la plaza de Topoxté.

English translation:
Plaza of the Columns
(Plaza B)
The complex is located at the northern end of the Causeway of the Pilgrims. The west side is occupied by a building in the form of an open hall that had seven circular columns on the facade that indicate a Yucatecan Mayan influence. In the northern part of the plaza are four small shrines. In the monumental staircase of the Palace are fifteen gates, each with a height over 15 meters. That is also where Stela 11 was found. It shows a warrior dressed as Tláloc, a Mexican deity associated with rain, thunder
Plaza of the Columns Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
2. Plaza of the Columns Marker
A reconstructed portion of the Palace that makes up part of the plaza can be seen in the background.
and war that had a strong influence on the Mayan culture of the Early Classic period (250-600 AD).
The central altar of the plaza was shaped like a cross, very similar to the altar that is the center of the plaza of Topoxté.
 
Location. 17° 4.296′ N, 89° 23.952′ W. Marker is in Melchor de Mencos, Petén, in Municipality of Melchor de Mencos. Touch for map. The marker is near the Plaza of the Columns in Yaxhá Archaeological 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 Eastern Acropolis of Yaxhá (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Minor Astronomical Complex at Yaxhá (about 120 meters away); Yaxhá (about 120 meters away); The Quarry Causeway (about 150 meters away); East Causeway Residential Zone (about 210 meters away); Intersection of the Eastern and Quarry Causeways (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sacrificial Pyramid (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Palace's Ballgame (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melchor de Mencos.
 
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Stela 11 at the Plaza of the Columns image. Click for full size.
Marie Caranna at Wikipedia Commons, July 31, 2007
3. Stela 11 at the Plaza of the Columns
The Stela 11 mentioned on the marker, showing a warrior using dress influenced by the Teotihuacán culture. He carries a spear and a square shield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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