Freedom8 Mesoamerica


, a site located in northern Yucatan, has the distinction of an architecture based on blocks of stone. Its age of splendor dates to the Classic period, when its urban area measured 2.4 square miles. Even so, it remained a lesser sized site in comparison with Izamal, to which it was linked by a 19-mile long sacbé. This bond must have been quarrelsome at one point in time, because Ake's leaders had a defensive wall put up around their environs. Another four sacbe connected sections within the site. The most important building is called the Palace, or the Building of Pilasters. Its summit features 36 huge columns consisting of stone tambours mounted one upon another. The technique makes the structure unique among the Mayan buildings of the Classic Period in this region. The site also has an early church which is reached by walking through private property.