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Tulúm: the Castillo, drawn by Catherwood


The Castillo, the principal structure at Tulúm, has a platform 7.5 meters high built over an earlier colonnaded palace. Tulúm was a center of the Late Postclassic Maya on the east coast of Quintana Roo, flourishing from AD 1250-1520.

This 1841 drawing by Frederick Catherwood, published in John L. Stephen's Incidents of Travel in Yucatán, is the first accurate portrayal of the structure, whose opposite, eastern side overlooks a steep cliff on the shoreline.

[Fig.1: Castillo at Tulúm (Stephens 1843).]

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