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   Tulum is the Mayan word for fence, trench or wall and the walls surrounding the site allowed Tulum fort to serve as a defense against an invasion. From the numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Descending god.

   While an inscription dated 564 has been found at the site, most of the structures now visible were built between about 1200 and 1450. The city remained occupied through the early years of the Spanish conquest of Yucatán, but was abandoned by the end of the 16th century.

   While Tulum is only archaeologically mediocre (once you've been to Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Tikal), I think it's one of the prettiest.  The stone cliffs along the azure sea are beautiful.  As far as I know, this is the only Mayan ruins of any significance found along any coast.


   Interactive map from Planetware

 Tulum Map

Click here for a short movie of some Mayan "pole dancers"



Tulum Aerial Image

 Map from Planetware


Aerial Image from Google Earth

Gran Palacio and El Castillo Gran Palacio
The Castillo (rear, right) with the Gran Palacio in the foreground (left) Ruins of the Gran Palacio
El Castillo
El Castillo
El Castillo
El Castillo rises above the palm trees


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