Uxmal Archeological Site
Discover the remains of Mayan splendor and feel the force of its ancestors.
The name of this pre-Hispanic capital comes from “Oxmal,” meaning “built three times,” alluding to the age of the city. The oldest reference to Uxmal is in the Chilam Balam text from Chumayel, indicating that it was first built around the 7th century. Its architecture is done in the Puuc style, although influence from the Toltec and Teotihuacan cultures is also evident. This influence is seen in engravings and sculptures of the god Quetzalcóatl, the feathered serpent, and the figureheads featuring the god of water, called Chaac in this region.
Uxmal is made up of fifteen groups of buildings built around courtyards on a north-south axis. The main ones are Pirámide del Adivino (Pyramid of the Magician), Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (Nunnery Quadrangle), and Palacio del Gobernador (Governor’s Palace), as well as Gran Pirámide (Grand Pyramid), Conjunto de la Casa de las Palomas (House of the Doves Complex), and Templo Sur (Southern Temple).
Uxmal, Yuc., MéxicoSee map