The Black and White Portal

This massive gate structure originally gave access to long-since destroyed staircases leading to the top of the Castillo. Although the colors of the stones have faded, it is constructed of black limestone on the right side, and white granite on the left. It has been accurately reassembled from the original stones which were found excavating this area.

Stills

  1. Left-most symbol on front of temple:
    Fragment of carved lintel of the Black and White Portal, showing feline-avian figures.

  2. Left column:
    Detail of left column of the Black and White Portal, representing a feline-avian figure, perhaps female.

  3. Lintel across columns:
    Detail of lintel of Black and White Portal, representing a feline-avian figure.

  4. Right column:
    Detail of right column of the Black and White Portal, representing a feline-avian figure, perhaps male.

  5. Temple wall - layers of stones:
    Close-up of temple stonework revealed by excavation investigating an architectural seam.