Tikal: Central Acropolis

Central Acropolis Residential Palaces

Access to the Central Acropolis is through Structure 5D-120, a multi-chambered building facing the south side of Temple I.

This area was used as a residential complex by Tikal's Classic Period rulers.


Tikal: Central Acropolis

Looking through the small ballcourt to Structure 120

"Columnar supports, whether cylindrical or rectangular, are absent in the Peten.

Only heavy piers, really portions of wall, separate the doorways of multi-chambered buildings.

The builders were chiefly interested in the massive design of space, and the doorways were minor incidents in the sculptural treatment of the facades."

Kubler, The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, p. 207


Tikal: Central Acropolis

The palaces and courtyards of the Central Acropolis were used as a residential complex by Tikal's Classic Period rulers.


Tikal: Central Acropolis

Tikal: Central Acropolis, Structure 5D-120

Here in this second and highest court of the Acropolis [Court 2], one encounters several of the best preserved palaces to be found in the entire complex.