Tikal: Twin Pyramid Complex

Detail of Twin Pyramid Complex Q from the giant three dimensional model at the entrance to the site. The stela enclosure is on the north side (left) with a nine-doorway palace on the south side. The flat-topped pyramids mark the east/west axis of the plaza.

"An emphasis on the world directions in twin-pyramid groups is obvious. The four structures are always placed in their proper sides of the plaza, so that no group is found in which the enclosure, for example, is to the south, east or west. The four-stairwayed pyramids are flat topped and do not favor any one direction. In themselves, they are fit stages for the ritualization of the four directions."

Christopher Jones, The Twin-Pyramid Group Pattern: A Classic Maya Architectural Assemblage at Tikal, Guatemala, 1969, p. 134