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Free images of Belize - Altun Ha - Maya Ruins - Page 3

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Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize.

Altun Ha - 20  The Temple of the Masonry Altars in Plaza "B".

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The second plaza (Plaza B) contains the largest structure at the site, and is known as the Temple of the Masonry Altars.  It is believed that this Temple has seen eight phases of construction.  At the front of the Temple you will notice 9 doorways.  These represent the nine doorways/levels of the underworld through which one must travel in order to reach heaven.  It is also at this Temple that many sacrificial ceremonies are thought to have taken place.  

 

Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize.

Altun Ha - 27  The Temple of the Masonry Altars in Plaza "B".
Just above the first set of steps you will notice short, dark stone square columns.  It is the spaces between these columns that represent the nine doorways to the underworld.

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Several tombs thought to belong to priests were found within the Temple of the Masonry Altars - most of which had been desecrated.  One tomb, however, contained the remains of an elderly man buried with many jade objects, including a ten pound, 15-cm. high jade carving of the head of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau.  This is the largest carved jade object ever found at a Mayan archaeological site and is considered to be one of the national treasures of Belize.  It is kept in the vaults of various banks and shown only to visiting dignitaries.  The carvings of this find on display at various museums are only replicas.  The Jade Head is part of the illustrations on Belize banknotes. 

 

Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize- side view.

Altun Ha - 28  Size view of the architecture of The Temple of the Masonry Altars in Plaza "B".

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View from top of Temple of the Masonry Altars.

Altun Ha - 29  View from the top of The Temple of the Masonry Altars 
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View from top of Temple of the Masonry Altars.

Altun Ha - 30  View from the top of The Temple of the Masonry Altars 

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View from top of Temple of the Masonry Altars.

Altun Ha - 31  View from the top of The Temple of the Masonry Altars 
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View from top of Temple of the Masonry Altars.

Altun Ha - 32  View from the top of The Temple of the Masonry Altars.
The temple rises 54 feet about the Plaza.

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Front steps of Temple of Masonry Altars, Altun Ha, Belize.

Altun Ha - 33  View of the reconstructed front steps of the Temple of the Masonry Altars 

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Reconstructed steps of the Temple of Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize.

Altun Ha - 34  View of the reconstructed front steps of the Temple of the Masonry Altars 

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Architecture of the Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize.

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Architecture of the Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize

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Architecture of the Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize

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Architecture of the Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha Belize

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Face of Sun God carved into front of Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha, Belize.

Altun Ha - 39  Face of the Sun God carved into the front of the Temple of the Masonry Altars. 

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Face of Sun God carved into front of Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha, Belize

Altun Ha - 40  Face of the Sun God carved into the front of the Temple of the Masonry Altars. 

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Face of Sun God carved into front of Temple of the Masonry Altars in Altun Ha, Belize

Altun Ha - 41  Face of the Sun God carved into the front of the Temple of the Masonry Altars. 
It is assumed that the two square objects on either side of the face of the Sun God are
square earrings worn at the time.

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Allspice tree growing on a Temple in Altun Ha, Belize.

Altun Ha - 44  Allspice tree growing on a Temple in Plaza "A".

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  Did you know....

that the berries from an Allspice tree smell like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg combined?  The Mayans used it as an embalming agent and to flavour chocolate.

The Mayans also had many ritualistic body piercings that were part of the Mayan culture and their rituals. These piercings were very painful, but the Mayans used the tannins in the allspice as an anesthetic.

 

Allspice tree growing on a Temple in Altun Ha, Belize.

Altun Ha - 45  All Spice tree growing on a Temple in Plaza "A".

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