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Yaxchilan, West Acropolis


From the INAH placard at the site: "The Small Acropolis is an architectural group made up of 13 buildings. It is also known by the name West Acropolis in view of its location atop a hill on the site's west end, from where it looks down on the Great Plaza 166 feet below. The edifices of the Small Acropolis have various construction stages, as do all other groups at the Yaxchilán site. To prepare the terrain atop this natural hill, upright barriers and stairways were built into its slopes, which required huge amounts of materials for filling in and grading the plazas and their bases. The complex contains two large patios: the highest, known as the Central Plaza, is surrounded by Buildings 42, 43, 44, 51, while the West Plaza is surrounded by Buildings 45, 45, 46-A, 47, 48, 49 and 50. In addition to these, there is also a small building, Number 42-A, on the edge of the southeast terrace."