|JON AND TERRY IN UXMAL, YUCATAN|
Uxmal is an important archaeological site in the Maya world. It was discovered in a good state of preservation and has been carefully studied and restored. It is representative of the region’s main style of architecture prior to the Spanish Invasion. The city of Uxmal was built around 900 AD when it was the capital of the Maya state. The largest and most impressive buildings are the Pyramid of the Magician and the Governor’s Palace.
We were very glad that we hired an English speaking tour guide to give us a private tour around the grounds. He was extremely knowledgeable about Maya symbols in the architecture, so he was able to point out details we would have never seen and
|THE PYRAMID OF THE MAGICIAN|
One of the highlights of our day at Uxmal was the evening light show. After sunset, we gathered with hundreds of other
tourists from all over the world. Most everyone settled into chairs lined up
atop a long, level Maya building overlooking the ceremonial center of the city.
A few courageous young people sat below us on the steep stone steps leading
down to the central field. The full moon was rising that night as the music
started playing from speakers discreetly positioned in the buildings at each
end of the ceremonial field, giving the entire experience a surreal feel. Soon,
colored lights were shown on the Pyramid of the Magician and the other buildings
in our view. A sound show with music and Spanish narration of a story of Maya
life was accompanied by the elaborate light show. The vivid lights changed in
time to the music, highlighting significant architectural symbols on the
buildings. This is one event that is impossible to describe with words.
|UXMAL PYRAMID FROM THE SIDE|
|CRYSTAL CLEAR AIR AT UXMAL|
|JON CLIMBING DOWN LOOKS MINIATURE|
|LIGHTING EMPHASIZED THE CARVINGS|
|UXMAL HAD A SURREAL APPEARANCE|
|THE SERPENT CARVING IS HIGHLIGHTED|