Xlapak is located in the
southwestern region of the Yucatán Peninsula. The local
Indians referred to all of the ruins in this area as "Xlap-pahk"
or "Old Walls.”
Xlapak, which means "Unglued Walls", a site of some 14
mounds and three somewhat, restored pyramids. This site and
are less restored and manicured so you can see how the sites
looked like when they were discovered. Notice the many
carved stones just laying around on the ground.
The structure called "The Palace" stands out in this zone,
and it is considered one of the jewels of the Puuc style.
The beauty of the Palace is reflected in the frieze
decoration; a small inclined cornice that repeats the small
columns decoration and supports a board of stone with
geometric elements. There are some spectacular masks of
Chaac with its distinctive curved nose on the corners and
centre of this board. These types of decoration make this
structure a unique and impressive one due the masks that
stand out of the false arch.
There are sets of Chaac masks in stacks of three on the
corners of the upper facade and above the center doorways on
the north and south sides. The masks rise above the coping
course, which gives them special emphasis
The pattern between the mask panels at Xlapak is identical
to the decoration on the east side of the great Arch at
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