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Ancient Mayan Ruin Certified at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya

Hotel & Resort | Sirenis Hotels & Resorts | June 12, 2015

Ancient Mayan Ruin Certified at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya

In October of last year, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) certified the Mayan ruin, Xaac, located at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya, as an authentic part of the rich history of the area that surrounds our resort.

INAH is a federal government organization founded in 1939 that enables the research, conservation, protection and spreading of the pre-historical and paleontological heritage of Mexico.

Though much smaller than the structures found in the Tulum Ruins, the Xaac temple is the only other ancient, pre- Hispanic structure in the area. Named after the Mayan word for ‘fear’, Xaac sits on a formation of limestone rocks in the midst of the bay, also referred to as a caleta. Over time, layers of the limestone base of the caleta have worn away, and as a result, there is current of fresh water that flows into the bay which has created a cenote, or fresh water cave, inhabited by clusters of brain coral.

The Xaac temple was used as a lighthouse facility for merchants navigating the maritime routes with their trading-products from Central America to the Gulf of Mexico during the Post classic – late period (1200-1550 AD).

The main room of the temple has a beautiful vaulted ceiling. The temple’s interior walls reveal a remnant of paintings colored by blue, red, yellow, orange, and black dyes that have lasted over the centuries. Faded tracings found on top of the ruin suggest that the sculptor most likely decorated the ruin with godly figures, representing an ancient deity.

The staff at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa are proud to offer guests with yet another opportunity to take in the rich culture of the Mayan civilization with the certified authentic piece of history.

SOURCE: Sirenis Hotels & Resorts press release

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