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Labna Feb 20, 2009
Labná "abandoned house" small Maya site on the Puuc Highway about 10 miles southeast of Kabah, 6 miles east of Highway 261. The site was built in the Late and Terminal Classic era. A date corresponding to 862 AD is inscribed in the palace. Labna was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of the five main Puuc sites, including Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah, and Uxmal on the Puuc Highway. Puuc is a style characterized by stone mosaic friezes applied to an underlying hard surface made up of masks of the long nosed rain god (Chaac), lattice work, zigzags representing serpents, below the frieze area the structures are typically plain. This peaceful hill settlement had a population at its height of about 4,500 persons. Structures to see are the Palace with more than 60 rooms, Temple of the Columns, The Mirador atop a pyramidal platform and The Mayan Arch at the entrance of the grand sacbe. The architectural style of all these structures is 9th to 10th century AD Puuc. The palace ("El Palacio")is a large two level structure which is one of the longest contiguous structures in the Puuc region at approximately 394 feet in length. From the palace, a sacbe (white road) extends to an elaborately decorated gateway arch ("El Arco"). The Mayan Arch here at Labna is not free-standing as at Uxmal and Kabah. This arch is a passage way through a larger building complex. The Mayan arch uses the principle of the corbeled vault as done most interior rooms of buildings. The arch opening is about 9.75 feet wide and 19.5 feet high. This arch is not the entrance to the city but a gate-way between public areas On the east side of the arch are V-shaped stepped frets that project from a background of colonnettes (short false columns) with the typical Puuc style zigzags. A low ornate roof comb crowns the arch.[1]. Next to this gateway stands "El Mirador", a pyramid-like structure surmounted by a temple. Also on the site is the Temple of the Columns. The first written report of Labna was by John Lloyd Stephens who visited it with artist Frederick Catherwood in 1842.
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DHaworth DHaworth
29 reviews
Nov 11, 2007
Before the golden arches of McDonalds,there was the arch of Labna. Labna is the last stop on the Puuc region route of the Maya people. If you wanted to, you could spend the whole day in Labna soaking in all the history. As the other sites it is peaceful, and i was the only traveler on site. The best thing about the puuc region is that not alot of tourists. All the tourist like to go to cancun and look like toasted tomatoes and drink themselves to death. This area is really for those who enjoy history and archaeological sites. Labna has much to offer and was constructed in the late Puuc style between 700 and 1000A.D..Looking at the sites in Labna you can see an influence of the Maya-Toltec sites, such as Chichen Itza. One of the most impressive sites is the Labna watchtower,and you can not forget The Arch Of Labna. Labna will empress you and is a perfect location to end your journey through the puuc region. A bit of advise on this area. Takes lots of water and some small snacks. In one day i visited all the ruin sites from Kabah to Labna. Also hire a personal driver, this way you can beat any tourist bus and have peace and a bit of a rest while driving to each site. The drivers i experienced were all kind,polite maya people who are always ready to take you to a site.
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