Chichen Itza

El Castillo

Lintel of the upper chamber

Image description This is one of the carved columns supporting the lintel in the upper temple of El Castillo. The lintel, a large wooden beam, supports the roof of the temple. The lintel is carved from the zapote tree, whose wood is hard and rot resistant, evidenced by the fact this lintel has survived for several hundred years. This column is located just inside the portico and is richly carved. There are still traces of the paint that once decorated it.

-- Chris Reeves/EJA