Portion of the Nunnery Quadrangle, Uxmal

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A group of people is gathered in front of a Mayan building showing elaborate decoration
Portion of la Casa de las Monjas, Uxmal.

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The Getty Research Institute, the Internet Archive
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Drawn on stone by Andrew Picken

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A lively group of people of various ages is gathered in front of a Mayan building showing elaborate architectural decoration. This portion of the building is described as follows by the author:

It forms part of an exceedingly rich and highly-decorated fafade, two hundred and sixty-four feet (80 m) long; and which, for profusion of ornament, rivals, if it does not surpass, the front of the Casa del Gobernador. […] There are, or rather were, five similar structures in the facade, and, although at a distance, they appear exactly alike—and are so, as regards general outline and size—yet the detail and making-up of the ornaments differ in each; and this observation will apply equally to the façades of nearly all the buildings at Uxmal, in which occur endless varieties in the detail of the decorations.

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