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Tulum Archaeological Site
is Mayan walled city that served as port for the nearby city of Coba. Its name means "the wall" in
Mayan. However for the ancients it was known as
or "Dawn" due to its eastern
location. Standing on 39 feet (12 meter) cliffs it overlooks the
Caribbean sea. Based on numerous murals and inscriptions this city was
also an important cultural site of worship of descending or diving god.
No name of the deity survives today.
Location: Yucatan Peninsula
Description of Tulum Archaeological Site
The present site was established no later than 6th century AD. However
most of stone buildings that survive are from the Post- Classical Mayan
period between 1200 and 1450. The site was occupied then the Spaniards
landed on the shores of the
. Even though the site was abandoned by the
late 16th century Mayans came here to burn incense and worship their
ancestors as late as the 20th century.
Map of Tulum Archaeological Site
Great Temple Castle (Tulum Archaeological Site)
Temple of the Frescoes (Tulum Archaeological Site)