Castle, general view from northwest
Tulum is a Late Postclassic site on the Caribbean sea, on the east coast of Yucatan Peninsula. During the Postclassic Period many of the inland Maya cities were abandoned in favor of cities near the coast, which were better situated to take advantage of the sea trade which had largely replaced the overland trade of the Classic era. The cities were now surrounded by walls for protection from enemy attacks. The buildings at Tulum are very small and their shapes irregular. The building techniques lack the precision of earlier sites. The stonework was originally hidden beneath a layer of stucco and painted over, often with murals. The "Castle" overlooks the sea. It was probably a temple with living quarters for priests.
Artform: ARCHITECTURE, Pre-19th Century
Country/Culture: Ancient Americas: Mexico
Museum: © Davis Art Images
City/Location: TULÚM (MAYA)
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