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Maya architecture is best characterized by the soaring pyramid temples and ornate palaces which were built in all Maya centres across Mesoamerica from El Tajin in the north to Copan in the south. The Maya civilization was formed of independent city-states and, consequently, there are regional variations in architecture but almost all buildings were constructed with a precise attention to position and layout and a general style prevails. (Info by Mark Cartwright) -- AHE

Maya Architecture

Maya architecture is best characterized by the soaring pyramid temples and ornate palaces which were built in all Maya centres across Mesoamerica from El Tajin in the north to Copan in the south. The Maya civilization was formed of independent city-states and, consequently, there are regional variations in architecture but almost all buildings were constructed with a precise attention to position and layout and a general style prevails. (Info by Mark Cartwright) -- AHE

A Mayan corbel arch, Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico.

North via South: Mesoamerican Brutalism

Templo del Sol, desde el templo de la Cruz, ruinas de Palenque. Chiapas, México.

Templo del Sol, desde el templo de la Cruz, ruinas de Palenque. Chiapas, México.

A Short Briefing On Maya Architecture

A Short Briefing On Maya Architecture

"If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go."    ~ Edmund Hillary  ** Mayan Temple   <3 lis

"If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go." ~ Edmund Hillary ** Mayan Temple <3 lis

USA Todays 7 Wonders of World -Mayan pyramid at Tikal, Maya architecture spans several thousands of years key to understanding the evolution of ancient civilazation. 12of15

USA Todays 7 Wonders of World -Mayan pyramid at Tikal, Maya architecture spans several thousands of years key to understanding the evolution of ancient civilazation. 12of15

The Palenque Mayan ruins contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings that the Mayas produced

The Palenque Mayan ruins contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings that the Mayas produced

The sacred site of Chichen-Itza in Mexico was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatán peninsula. In it's 1000 year history, it's been handed around a bit. As a result it shows off Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico. If you've made the climb to the top. Good on you, you very fit person.

The sacred site of Chichen-Itza in Mexico was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatán peninsula. In it's 1000 year history, it's been handed around a bit. As a result it shows off Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico. If you've made the climb to the top. Good on you, you very fit person.

Palenque Deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas, the soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico.

Palenque Deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas, the soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico.

Prominent Belize archaeologist Jaime Awe explains the fundamentals of Maya Architecture and what makes it distinct and impressive. (Cool to hear the animal noises in the background.)

Prominent Belize archaeologist Jaime Awe explains the fundamentals of Maya Architecture and what makes it distinct and impressive. (Cool to hear the animal noises in the background.)

Palenque Deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas, the soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico.

Palenque Deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas, the soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico.

Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico. Built during the Classic period, Uxmal is the most famous of the ruins in the Puuc region. Its architecture is considered one of the masterpieces of the old civilization.

Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico. Built during the Classic period, Uxmal is the most famous of the ruins in the Puuc region. Its architecture is considered one of the masterpieces of the old civilization.