In Mayan culture, the number 13 was considered to be of special significance and many of the structures at Chichen Itza feature repetitions of images in this number. This building, the largest of the Classical Period (600 – 950 AD) architecture is known as “The Nunnery”. The early Spanish explorers gave it this name (Las Monjas) because the building has many doorways that reminded them of monastery cells.
This structure is actually not believed to be a temple but a royal palace. The face of the building is covered with intricate carvings with a focus on the Rain God “Chac”. The side entrance shown in this image includes 13 images of Chac, 8 on the bottom level, 4 on the top and the whole side is a huge face with the door representing the mouth.
Las Monjas (The Nunnery)
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