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Labna,
which means "Old or Abandoned House" was named by the Maya when Labna was already in ruins. This site has attracted worldwide attention for its well formed and highly decorated arch. Some believe it must have been the entrance to an area dedicated to great celebrations. While others believe is was the entrance arch to the city. Either way it is definitely an impressive entranceway. Sculptures on the facade include representations of thatch roof huts and stylized serpents. Some of the details have been lost but the remaining architecture indicates the purity of the Puuc style, in which columns give the arch its distinctive quality.
The city includes the Palacio and the Mirador united by a "sacbe" or stone causeway some 170 meters long. Not much is known about Labna since very limited restoration has been done. It is kept more like a grassy park where you could sit on the expansive lawn and have lunch.