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Temple of the Frescoes

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Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 31 January 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Temple of the Frescoes lies between El Castillo and the entrance to the Tulum site. Here fragments of color can be seen on murals depicting Mayan life. These paintings show Mayan Gods and symbols of fertility such as rain, corn and fish. These paintings were originally on a one room temple, that was later protected by the construction of a gallery around it.

Amongst the frescoes is a portrayal of a man on a horse, which indicates that these drawings were still being worked on after the Spanish invasion. (The horse was introduced by the Spanish and clearly had a disarming effect on the Mayans - originally it was thought that horse and rider were one being and later, when one of Cortés's horses died, its skeleton was worshipped as a god).

Seen in the background is El Castillo (The Castle).

Photo captured November 18, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 25 mm

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Kala from United States

Beautiful composition and tones. Great shot Steven.

31 Jan 2012 5:57am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

What a super frame - such a historic site.

31 Jan 2012 8:18am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

what a great capture
well done

31 Jan 2012 8:58am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Perfect processing Steve, I'm still giggling about the horse God though :-)

31 Jan 2012 10:10am

franz from Baden, Austria

perfect perspective, interesting colours and textures of the walls, and an intriguing story! apparently the idea of centaurs is universal ... ;-))

31 Jan 2012 10:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Extraordinary detail and textures you capture here. Fascinating piece of history as well.

31 Jan 2012 12:25pm

klausz from kufstein, Austria

fantastic clearity and fabolous strong colors! superb capture with an extraordinary quality!

31 Jan 2012 3:35pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

extraordinary HDR work Steven - a really great shot!

31 Jan 2012 3:52pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting temple. Love that blue sky.

31 Jan 2012 4:03pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wow! Superb light and colors. Very beautiful image.

31 Jan 2012 4:26pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Love this frame, Steven : superb light and color vibrancy.

31 Jan 2012 4:49pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is magnificent, Steven..I love the perspective here. two for the price of one! What a sky!

31 Jan 2012 8:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful detail and color! Beautiful compo!

31 Jan 2012 11:35pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

You really brought out the texture in the old buildings!

1 Feb 2012 12:45am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is a fantastic image ... you brought the feeling out so well.

1 Feb 2012 12:47am

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Your work on this image is simply magnificent ! The sharp detail and beautiful colours
are over the top work !

1 Feb 2012 4:19am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this temple and surrounds. Seeing a horse was probably like us seeing a Martian.

1 Feb 2012 11:52pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

never heard that abotu the horse´s skeleton oO

18 Feb 2012 10:15am