Colonial Yucatán

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Yucatán, Mexico 2006

Spanish colonial times have left their architectural mark on the Yucatán Peninsula. While on this trip I avoided most larger cities, however some nice example of colonial architecture ca be found at the Hacienda Chichen which served as an archaeologists’ base at the time of the great excavations and restorations of the nearby Mayan city […]

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El Caracol and Old Chichen

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Yucatán, Mexico 2006

To the south of the great plaza with the temple of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza stretches an area of smaller buildings and pyramids. I was in particular impressed by the so called nunnery group of buildings, with ornaments carved into virtually every stone wall. Another prominent temple is “El Caracol”, the observatory. Its large platform […]

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Plymouth, UK

Plymouth is just a short drive from Exeter in the UK, so I went there for a day trip in May 2006 while on my second stay in Devon this year. The last time I’ve been to Plymouth must have been a couple of years ago, and I remember it was one of the bleakest […]

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Powderham Castle, UK

Powderham Castle, settled at western banks of the River Exe in Devon (UK), was built between 1390 and 1420 by Sir Philip Courtenay. It was damaged in the Civil War and later repaired and modified by several generations of the Courtenay family. The castle remains the family home of the Courtenays still today and can […]

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