Sayil Mayan Ruins Yucatan Mexico
Photography by Bill and Dorothy Bell
is a Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán, in the southwest
of the state, south of Uxmal. It is incorporated together with Uxmal as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site in 1996.
During the Late Classic era, the city had an estimated 9000 inhabitants. A population estimate of 5415 to 10830 was put forward by Patricia McAnany in 1990, using chultun-based estimates.
El Palacio (670-1000 AD) is, with its 85 meter long facade and three stories, the largest building in Sayil. The palace was built in various phases; wings were added and platforms were designed, which were filled with stones and mortar to increase stability.
There is also a observatory ("El Mirador") and a stela. Puuc-style columns are a recurring motif at the site.
The site is managed by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), and is open to visitors.
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