Kabah

Kabah archeological site is located south of the city of Merida, in the Yucatan Peninsula which connects to Uxmal by a ceremonial causeway.  The extraordinary palace with hundreds of carved stones completely covered in masks of the hook-nosed which represents Chac, the Mayan God is the most notable structure which made the site renowned.

The structures in Kabah site which you can see in these pictures date from about 9th century and are in the Puuc style of architecture.

There is a large pyramid in the Kabah archeological sites which is still waiting to be uncovered, overgrown jungle trees and vines already covered its surface.

Kabah has does not have much known history. Perhaps its history was dependent on the great city of Uxmal.  It site was inhabited during the 3rd century BC however the structures on the site are mostly dated from the 9th century.  The place was abandoned in 1200.

A sacbe which is called the “white road” by the Mayans connects the two centers which are employed for ceremonial purposes.

John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood were the first ones to explore the site in the mid-19th century.  But it was Teobert Maler who carried out the first systematic digs towards the end of the century.  The archeologists neglected the investigation of Kabah and it was only in 1990 that the investigation resumed.

The restoration of more structures and archeological excavations continued under Ramón Carrasco direction.

There are many interesting things to see in Kabah like the Sacbe or white road or the Mayan Ceremonial causeway which connects Kabah to Uxmal.  You can see ceremonial arches at each end of the raised pedestrian walkway which is 5 meters wide.

So far, all structures excavated in this site are in the traditional Puuc style but they also have features that are unusual related to Chenes influence.

You can also see here boot shaped vault stones, facings of thin squares of limestone veneer over a cement-and-rubble core,  ornamented cornices around columns in doorways, half-columns repeated in long rows, stone mosaics in upper facades that emphasizes the sky-serpent faces with long, hook-shaped noses, as well as frets and lattice like designs of crisscrossed elements.

Visiting Kabah archeological site will give you more knowledge about the Mayan civilization and architecture.