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Sayil
Notable settlement in the Puuc region, with examples of the particularly fine Puuc architectural style. Remarkable for the Great Palace or North Palace, which displays portions of consistent facades erected at successive stages, over a period of twelve centuries.
About the site
The city of Sayil was built at the end of the Late Classic and early Terminal Classic (800-950), in a valley with good farming land. It is estimated that it extended to an area of three square miles that during its occupation in the eighth and ninth centuries had a population of approximately 10,000. The archeological evidence suggests that the inhabitants of Sayil initially settled just over a mile from the North Palace on a site known as Chaak II, which possesses one of the few natural water sources in the region, in the cave of Chaak.

The fact that the ancient Maya preferred to settle in a valley with more fertile soil tells us how important farming was to them. A good proportion of the inhabitants of Sayil and of the Puuc region generally were farmers, who cultivated gardens in the city and fields in the neighboring valleys.

Stelae were erected on the site representing the important lords, who were probably the rulers. Nevertheless, the archeological evidence suggests that the lords at least partially shared political and religious power with other lineages.
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800 - 950

Clásico Tardío
Clásico Terminal

Did you know...
  • In the bowels of the Great Palace there is a buried courtyard, while in the rooms on the lower levels there are niches that reproduce—on a micro scale—its columned porticos.
  • In the 1980s it was thought that El Mirador and the buildings around it corresponded to the city market. This hypothesis was later refuted by chemical analysis of the soil.
  • It is possible that the inhabitants of Sayil lived in houses made of stone rather than perishable materials, as in most sites.
  • In 1914, Inspector Juan Martínez Hernández visited Sayil and found one Gregorio Caamal living in the rooms of the second level of the Palace.
An exert point of view
Lourdes Toscano Hernández
Lourdes Toscano Hernández
Centro INAH Yucatán
Archeological site
Sayil
Practical information
Temporarily closed
Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs

$55.00 pesos


  • Discount for senior Mexican citizens
  • Discount for Mexican students and teachers
  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
  • No Flash
Se localiza dentro de la región Puuc, en un valle rocoso, en Mérida, Yucatán.

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Director de la Ruta Pucc
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Sureste
Notable asentamiento de la región Puuc, con muestras del peculiar y finísimo estilo arquitectónico que la define. Sobresale El Gran Palacio o Palacio Norte, que contiene una muestra de fachadas coherentes erigidas a lo largo de etapas sucesivas, hace por lo menos doce siglos.
Notable settlement in the Puuc region, with examples of the particularly fine Puuc architectural style. Remarkable for the Great Palace or North Palace, which displays portions of consistent facades erected at successive stages, over a period of twelve centuries.

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