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House of the Governor, Uxmal
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House of the Governor, Uxmal

The House of the Governor, Uxmal, Mexico. The building was constructed in the 10th century CE to commemorate the reign of Lord Chahk. It was used as a royal palace and administrative centre.
Tulum
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Tulum

The Temple of the Winds at the ancient Mesoamerican site of Tulum, Mexico.
The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico
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The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico

The Temple of the Frescoes dates to around the 11th century CE while the paintings on the walls inside date to 11th-12th centuries CE. A second storey was added later. Two red hand prints can be seen on this second level thought by some scholars...
The Temple of the Frescoes Facade, Tulum
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The Temple of the Frescoes Facade, Tulum

Facade of the lower storey of The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico, c. 1200 CE.
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vols. I and II (Cosimo Classics)
Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vols. I and II (Cosimo Classics)

The names of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood are forever linked to the Maya and Mayan studies as the two great explorers who documented the ruins from Copan in the south to Chichen Itza in the north. The stories told by Stephens...
Renaissance Architecture
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Renaissance Architecture

Renaissance architecture originated in Italy and superseded the medieval Gothic style over a period generally defined as 1400 to 1600 CE. Features of Renaissance buildings include the use of the classical orders and mathematically precise...
Ancient Egyptian Architecture
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Egyptian Architecture

The pyramids are the most recognizable symbol of ancient Egypt. Even though other civilizations, such as the Maya or the Chinese, also employed this form, the pyramid in the modern day is synonymous in most people's...
Ancient Persian Art and Architecture
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Ancient Persian Art and Architecture

Persian art and architecture in the present day is associated with the nation of Iran and usually designated as beginning with the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550-330 BCE) but has an even longer history with its origins dating back to before the...
Ancient Chinese Architecture
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Chinese Architecture

Walled compounds, raised pavilions, wooden columns and panelling, yellow glazed roof tiles,  landscaped gardens, and a careful application of town planning and use of space are all notable features of the architecture of ancient...
Roman Architecture
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Roman Architecture

Roman architecture continued the legacy left by the earlier architects of the Greek world, and the Roman respect for this tradition and their particular reverence for the established architectural orders, especially the Corinthian, is evident...