Grand Entrance, Grand Atrium

The entrance to the world’s second largest atrium (the first is at the Vatican) is off the main square in a remote Yucatan colonial town called Izamal. The atrium belongs to the less exceptional Convento de San Antonio de Padua. The angle of the photo is a little deceiving as we were climbing a long slanted staircase. Typically, deep sloped stairs mean that they were meant for horses to ascend. I’m not sure in this case. But we do know that the reason the Convent and atrium are elevated is that they are built on the foundations of the single most important temple in the Maya empire. Another victim of Spanish Conquistadors and forceful missionaries. Amanda is joined by our tourist police friend and personal city guide.

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