Sacred Monuments: Temples and Palaces

Ever wonder what it would be like to step into a Maya city in the Classic Period (250-900CE)? They may have been small by today’s standards, but visitors emerging from the surrounding jungle would have been awed by their size and grandeur.

A typical Maya city would include monuments to sacred rule such as temples and palaces. The exhibition invites you to explore these structures, which were almost certainly off-limits to ordinary citizens in ancient times.

The stepped pyramids are iconic symbols of the ancient Maya civilization. Some were temples dedicated to the various gods in the Maya pantheon; others were grand tombs for rulers’ mortal remains.

Nestled among a temple pyramids, the palace was the ruler’s home and the city’s administrative centre. Public access was likely confined to the palace platform, the site of various civic and sacred ceremonies.