Mayan architecture again triumphs. In fact, there is little that even comes close to Mayan architecture that has the capability to leave you open mouthed with awe. The various Mayan ruins scattered around the entire of Mexico are testimony of that. Talk about architecture, we are awed simply by the ruins of the magnificent building that used to be. The Pyramid of the magician, situated in Uxmal, holds in every possible way to the truth about the mysticism surrounded by Mayan ruins. Although known as the pyramid of the dwarf, it is the tallest Mayan structure in Uxmal.
Uxmal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Pyramid of the soothsayer (that’s what the Pyramid of the Magician is also called), and this pyramid is one of it’s shining stars. Starting construction in about 6AD, the expansion process continued for as many as 400 years to complete. Many believe that at one time, the pyramid stood at about 131 ft from the ground. In the Yucatán Peninsula, there is not a better piece of architecture than this concoction of pure stone. It is Puuc architecture at it’s best. There are five temples here, each with a unique architecture style that is better seen than read. (Its pleasantly rhythmic but the point is made).
There is a most mystical legend that goes with the Pyramid of the Magician, the description of which is beyond the scope of this post. What you should know, is that the now conserved pyramid is a hot bed for tourist activity and is a sure attraction if you happen to visit Uxmal (Uxmal literally means “thrice built”). The ancient temples and the rich aura that is so characteristic of Mayan architecture is a fresh indicator of how very important this monumentent was in the thick of Uxmal’s flourish. Don’t miss the Uxmal detail..