Pyramid of the Magician

Pyramid of the Magician

When I think of pyramids, I picture isolated ruins standing alone as monuments to the ancient civilizations that created them. The ancient Mayan Pyramid of the Magician isn’t like that at all. At 131′ high this pyramid does tower over the surrounding flat land of the Yucatan Peninsula, but it doesn’t stand alone. It stands like a sentinel guarding over the rest of the ancient sprawling 150-acre city of Uxmal, Mexico.

In this image we are looking at the back of The Pyramid of the Magician from the The Nunnery Quadrangle. The Nunnery isn’t any sort of Mayan translation, but rather a Spanish interpretation of the architecture. The Nunnery consists of 74 small rooms connected to one another and laid out in a quadrangle. For the Spaniards who found this structure it reminded them of a convent and so they named it the Nunnery Quadrangle.

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