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The Temples of Pattadakal
Articleby Dhruba RC

The Temples of Pattadakal

The history of Pattadakal goes back to a time when it was called Kisuvolal, a valley of red soil. It even found a mention in Ptolemy's Geography in the 2nd century CE. Presently Pattadakal is located in the district of Bagalkot, state of...
Temple II, Tikal
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Temple II, Tikal

Temple II, Tikal, Guatemala. The temple was used as a tomb, probably for the queen of Maya ruler Jasaw Chan K'awiil (r. 682-734 CE), although, no remains have been discovered. The temple is 42 metres high and faces the larger temple-pyramid...
Altar in Temple of the Ways Chacchoben
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Altar in Temple of the Ways Chacchoben

Temple of the Ways, Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE. The altar, in the center of the temple, purposefully resembles a mouth and received sacrificial offerings. This temple continued to be used as a place of worship for centuries after...
Detail of Altar Temple of Ways Chacchoben
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Detail of Altar Temple of Ways Chacchoben

Detail of the sacrificial altar at the Temple of the Ways, Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE.
Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben
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Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben

Temple of Las Vasijas ("the vessels") at Maya site of Chacchoben c. 700 CE.
Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel
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Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel

This photograph shows some Maya ruins from the San Gervasio archaeological site, which is located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. In the center, one sees the "Niches" structure, which was once composed of miniature shrines that were built...
The Maya
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The Maya "Palace" Structure at San Gervasio

Colonnaded halls were very popular among the Maya along Mexico's eastern coast in Pre-Columbian times. At San Gervasio, located on the Mexican island of Cozumel, one can see this Maya "palace" structure in full-view. This structure has benches...
An Illustrated Glossary of Castle Architecture
Articleby Mark Cartwright

An Illustrated Glossary of Castle Architecture

Alure (Wall Walk) The walkway along the higher and interior part of a wall which often gives access to the higher floors of towers within the wall. Typically protected by battlements. Apse A semicircular projecting part of a...
Xochicalco
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Xochicalco

Xochicalco in central Mexico was an important hilltop centre from the 8th century CE and was a rival and successor of Teotihuacán. Architecture at the site is closely connected to that of the Classic Maya, Teotihuacan, and Veracruz...
Filippo Brunelleschi
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Filippo Brunelleschi

Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446 CE) was an Italian Renaissance architect, goldsmith, and sculptor, who is most famous for his work on the cathedral of Florence and its impressive soaring brick dome, completed in 1436 CE. Considered one of...
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