An info grab:Any idea how old the structures are?
Santa Elena, Cayo District, BelizePeru or Bolivia?
I've always been fascinated by the South American ancient architecture. Little known fact, a lot that has been attributed to the Inca, they told the Spanish that it predated them. And their records went back to about 200 A.D.
Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing those. :thumbsup:
It was intentional. The steep tall risers force people (typically shorter mayans, not long leg gringos) to climb the stairs on all fours, showing deference and repect to whatever God the structure was dedicated to.Indeed, I love this stuff.
Check out the step layout on that pyramid...looks like it would flunk a modern day inspection in terms of riser /tread consistency...I wonder if it's for a reason.
Most of the stone work was covered in plaster at the time of construction, but the finer work was visible.the pyramid pic I spoke is in the second to last picture...
In some of the others...seems like some of the mayans enjoyed doing a nice coursed half bond and other enjoyed stack bond work.
Not a precursor but reminiscent for sure...taller than it is wideWow ! Thank you for sharing SC.,I love seeing stuff like that ! I also enjoy the different observations the guys drew from the photographs.One that struck me was the stone "tunnel",the arch sorta looked like the precursor to a Gothic arch. Did anyone else think that ?