Caves of Loltun

   Sayil dates from 800-1000 A.C. and is outstanding because of the elaborate Palace.  Sayil had a key ceremonial center surrounded by smaller towns, villages and residential centers and was believed at its peak to hold a population of ten thousand people at its core and seven thousand more in the outlying "suburbs".  The city covered approximately 5 square km and shows the remains of stone buildings, rows of stone from homes constructed with perishable materials, platforms and structures of all types including some that acted as Chultuns or basins to catch rainwater.   

  Sayil means the place of the leaf-cutter ants. 

   Links:   Interesting web site with maps and photos



   The palace is the most important building in Sayil and its three levels contains 98 rooms. The main facade looks to the south and is located on a platform from where the "sacbé" begins.

   The walls of the second story are decorated with columns and with large-nosed Chaac masks. The walls are also adorned with sculptures of the Gods "Ah Mucen Cab", or the bee God linked to Venus worship and "Kukulkán", the feathered serpent.

The Palace
Palace Palace
See how this place is just crawling with tourists?
Palace Chris
The Bee-god (would be visible in the carvings if I had had the sense to take a close-up!) Pretty cute, huh?
Trail Ruins
The path to the Southern Temple The Lookout, dating between 500 and 900 A.D., is a small square temple with five rooms and a high roof comb
Southern Temple
Southern Temple


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