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Tulúm: the Castillo

The Castillo, at the core of the walled Postclassic town of Tulúm and its largest structure, was erected over the central portion of an earlier colonnaded building with beam and mortar roof. The wings of this still extend beyond the platform. Most of the Castillo structure seen today dates from the 12th or 13th century AD.

The two-room, vaulted temple on the 7.5 m-high platform of the Castillo has a doorway with two round columns, later modified into feathered serpents like those at Mayapán. Three niches above the doorway held stucco reliefs including the Diving God in the center.

[Fig.1: The Castillo at Tulúm (photo: Athena Review).]


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