House of the Governor

Bicephalic Jaguar Throne in front of the House of the Governor [June 13, 2004]

"Unlike the roughly north-south orientation of most of the city, the Governor's Palace faces southeast. A Maya standing in the central doorway in about AD 900, when the building was completed, would have looked across the top of a pyramid three miles distant to the place on the horizon where Venus rose as the morning star at its southernmost declination. More than 200 stone mosaic masks of Chaac, the rain god, appear on the palace facade, their lower eyelids all bearing the symbol for Venus, in deference to the planet."

George Stuart, Lost Kingdoms of the Maya p.181