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.
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