Uxmal, Nunnery Quadrangle

Governor's Palace, House of the Turtles & Grand Pyramid in background [June 22, 1995]

A cardinal objective of the American Indian architect in all periods and regions was to achieve differentiation by height. The ceremonial centers and the cities display a multiplicity of level that probably distinguished the hierarchic rank of the vague functions to which the edifices were dedicated.

Kubler, Studies in Ancient American & European Art, p. 249