El Castillo (center) and Temple of the Descending God (left).
According to the readings on a plaque nearby, the Temple of the Descending God is "one of the most beautiful temples in Tulum. Neither the walls nor the door adjust to a straight vertical line. This is not a result of the passage of time, but rather the way it was originally designed. It was constructed upon another temple which was filled in, in order to serve as a base. In the recess above the door, there is a sculpture representing a personage descending from the heavens, with a headdress crowning his head and holding an object in his hands. The temple was decorated inside and out witha mural painting of several representations of gods, which, unfortunately, can no longer be admired."
Photo captured November 18, 2011.
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