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Ek’Balam is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in Yucatan. Ek’Balam means “black jaguar” in Mayan language. As with all of the Mayan pyramids, these were discovered when archaeologists and adventurers saw a group of hills with trees and brush growing out of them. Digging in the mounds, they uncovered treasures of buildings and artifacts hidden for hundreds of years. At Ek’ Balam, restoration has been ongoing since 1997. Ek’Balam includes 45 structures. The largest structure, known as The Acropolis, has a 5m tall jaguar’s mouth featuring winged Mayan warriors, as well as inscriptions in The Maya script. This palace has six levels where the governors and higher echelons of the city’s population lived. You can climb this imposing structure, and from the top you can see all the other structures at Ek’Balam, as well as two large hills which are two un-restored buildings.  At the entrance to the Acropolis pyramid there is a monster-like figure that is said to be guarding the entrance to the underworld. Under the thatched roofs that protect the facade, other statues and carvings of angels, animals and various figures are integrated in a complex and beautiful design. The complex also features a number of smaller temples, altars, and living quarters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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