Uxmal, Photo from top of Temple of the Magician

Site of Uxmal viewed from top of the Pyramid of the Magician [Feb. 15, 1997]

"As monumental form, architecture commemorates valuable experiences by distinguishing one space from another in a durable way. In American antiquity, the rooms are at all times less important than the masses. The design of a building was secured far less by the enclosure of rooms in an articulated envelope than by the ponderous combination of vast masses, solid throughout, sculpturally related to one another, and structurally dependent upon simple static accumulations of building material."

Kubler, Studies in Ancient American & European Art, p. 281, 248