The Palace

Second Story of the Palace of Labná [Photo by Jeff Purcell, June 13, 2004]

Chultuns are underground cisterns built by the ancient Maya to store rainwater. A chultun is always surrounded by a plastered area designed to catch rain and fill the cistern. Edward Thompson writes that he had seen charming representations of birds, turtles, and other figures painted on the interior walls of chultuns.

NOTE: A square modern cap has been placed in the middle of the ancient catch basin.