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mayan ruins kabah, yucatán

The ruins of Kabah, is a Mayan archaeological site, are located south of the ruins of Uxmal in the Yucatan in Mexico. It is the largest archaeological site in the area Puuc after Uxmal.

The stunning Palace of the Masks is undoubtedly the biggest attraction of Kabah. The facade is decorated entirely with hand-carved masks of Chac Mayan god. These are the only Mayan ruins which repeats much the same decoration. There are many other temples and palaces on the site, but so far most of them are in the thick jungle, waiting to be discovered. The INAH is in the process of excavation. Kabah also has a large bow, Labná, exit the system Sac Be (Mayan roads), and connect with the nearby city of Uxmal. Kabah was certainly a big city, but there is controversy as to the supremacy of Uxmal and city government
Kabah is located along the route Puuc, south of Merida. It can be reached by Highway 261. It is close to Uxmal and Labná. Traveling from Merida takes a little over an hour.The best way to visit Kabah is following the route Puuc rental car. Signage is good and will have no problem getting.

The name "Kabah" or "Kabaah" probably comes from the ancient Mayan and means "iron fist." This is a name mentioned in pre-Columbian Maya chronicles. An alternative name is "Kabahuacan" or "Real Snake in Hand."


Arch at the end of sacbé.

The city of Kabah is already quoted in Chumayel Balam Chiam and his name came to mean the lord of the strong and powerful hand. It is believed that this name is associated with the representation that their entry is where a sculpture depicting a man with his hand holding a snake. Maler Teoberto Kabahaucan called.

It occupies an area of 1.2 km ², with a north-south length of 1 km and 1.2 km from east to west. This area is what has been studied in this archaeological complex. It is estimated that the mounds around the same there are buildings that have not yet been "discovered." The lack of water sources required the use of chultunes for collecting rainwater.

The town is formed around an axis running from north to south and its buildings are connected by roads or sabécs. One of these roads, larger, is rising in the arch of triumph and come to Uxmal, which is about 37 Kmal north. The buildings are grouped in two sets of buildings located one east and one west of the main north-south axis.

In all western, known as West Group, is where the researcher Stephens found the wooden lintel was struck by the quality of their size, this object was brought to America and lost in a fire. The current state of the buildings is deteriorating. On the walls of the rooms that make these constructions are paintings made with handprints red. For this reason this group gets it name Dzalkabilkik Mayan language means "place of the hands of blood."

The most important buildings are found in Kabác:
Triumphal Arch

Near the center of the city stands an arch that marks the beginning of the road, or sacbé, linking with Uxmal Kabah. Virtually no ornamentation, has only two frames in the center, had the bottom of the painted red (there are still challenges in the paint in the west). It was rebuilt in the early twentieth century to 50 by the Mexican archaeologist Ponciano Salazar.
[Edit] The Great Pyramid

Built on a small hill. The use of this lift was completed with the necessary filling served to raise upon it a structure with several terraces. There are remains of a staircase, on the south side, and some dwellings.

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