The Mayas built palaces for their rulers. One
noble family ruled each city.
Each city had a palace built for that
city’s ruler. The job of ruler was hereditary. When one ruler died,
his son took over. Typically, there was one palace per city.
The Palace was often built around a
central garden or court for protection and privacy.
Temples were places of worship, and home to
many priests of the Maya
civilization. At the foot of the temple was typically where the Mayas
placed their ball
Like the palaces, temples had a central
courtyard offering privacy to those who lived there.
Pyramids were sometimes used as tombs for
the royals, as well as for other purposes, but temples were never used
as tombs. Temples were homes.
of the Maya Glyphs - Interactive Temple
Gallery Ruins of Maya Temples