Xunantunich, El Castillo

Xunantunich: View of El Castillo from the top of building A-11 [Jan. 4, 1998]

"Investigation of the confused mass of ruins of the main edifice [Structure A-6 in the background] showed that in the earliest time the structure consisted of a single story with rooms on all four sides, but naturally those on the north and south were specially favored, since the principal facades faced north and south. This oldest building was, however, in a later epoch filled up with stones (a frequent occurence in Maya buildings) and a second story was erected upon the first, with stairways on the north and south...

From all the four slopes of the eminence artificially prepared for architectural purposes, chambers, terraces, stairways, etc., had once been thrown out, but these have now been totally destroyed by the tropical vegetation. Near the southeast corner there are, however, the ruins of a narrow, vaulted passage, leading from south to north through the substructural mass. This narrow passage is filled up to half its height with debris, and in this debris I found many sherds of beautiful pottery vessels, fiery yellow and red in color."

(Teobert Maler 1908: 77-78)