Quadrangle of the Nuns Historical

Quadrangle of the Nuns Historical (HM1XWB)

Location: Uxmal, Yucatán Santa Elena Municipality
Country: Mexico

N 20° 21.684', W 89° 46.19'

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Cuadrángulo de las MonjasEste conjunto arquitectónico se conforma por cuatro estructuras que desplantan sobre plataformas de diferentes niveles dispuestas alrededor de un gran patio. Cada fachada presenta una combinación de diseños cuyo discurso se relaciona con diferentes deidades evocando conceptos cosmogónicos y un fuerte culto a la fertilidad. El edificio ubicado al norte parece ser el más importante ya que se encuentra sobre una plataforma más elevada con respecto a los otros, aunque aquellos localizados al este y al oeste no son menos impresionantes. El acceso al cuadrángulo es a través de una gran bóveda ubicada en el edificio sur. La fachada del edificio oeste se encuentra decorada por mosaicos con motivos de serpientes emplumadas que enmarcan símbolos geométricos, guerreros y mascaron de Chaac. El edificio este presenta arreglos trapezoidales con barras de serpientes bicéfalas y escudos con la representación de lechuzas. También se observan elementos decorativos que simulan casas con techos de palma y cascadas de mascarones con narices prologadas. De los distintos edificios que componen este complejo palaciego se han recuperado varias tapas de bóveda, están pintadas y presentan fechas calendáricas parciales de entre el 906 y el 907 d.C., lo que concuerda con el periodo de gobierno de Chan ChahkK'ahk'nalAjaw.
La entrada formal, la jerarquización de las estructuras a través de las distintas elevaciones sobre las que se desplantan y la ausencia de elementos domésticos sugieren que este espacio correspondía a un palacio real con funciones administrativas y no residenciales, donde el grupo gobernante - soberano, corte real y consejo de gobierno - debieron tener reuniones para recibir tributo, tomar decisiones y dictar sentencias, entre otras actividades. English:Quadrangle of the NunsThis architectural complex is made up of four structures on platforms built at different levels arranged around a great courtyard. Each façade has a combination of designs whose discourse is associated with different deities and cosmological concepts evoking a strong cult of fertility. The building located to the north seems to be the most important as it is on a higher platform with respect to the others; although those located to the east and west are no less impressive. Access to the quadrangle is through a large vault located in the south building. The west façade of the building is decorated with mosaics of feathered serpent motifs that frame geometric symbols, warriors and the figurehead of Chaac. The building has trapezoidal features with bars of two-headed snakes and shields with the representation of owls. There are also decorative elements
that simulate houses with thatched roofs and figurehead waterfalls with protracted noses. Several vault lids have been recovered from the various buildings of this palace complex which are painted and have partial calendar dates between 906 and 907 A.D., which is consistent with Chan ChahkK'ahk'nalAjaw's time in government. The formal entrance, the hierarchical organization of structures through the different elevations on which they were built and the absence of household items suggest that this area belonged to a royal palace with administrative and non-residential functions. The group sovereign ruler, royal court and governing council must have had meetings to receive tributes, make decisions and pass sentences among other activities.
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HM NumberHM1XWB
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Placed ByConsejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA)-INAH
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16Q E 210841 N 2253907
Decimal Degrees20.36140000, -89.76983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 20° 21.684', W 89° 46.19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds20° 21' 41.04" N, 89° 46' 11.4" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near México 261, Uxmal Yucatán , MX
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