Mayan structures vary in height according to the substance that was used on
the top of the building. If there was no terrace, the structure was a palace or other
inhabitable building, elevated up to 45 meters in the case of a temple.
Usually, most Maya facades were pointed horizontally divided in two
main fringes. The medium mold that runs without interruption around the building was more
or less from the middle and up on the wall.
As for the superficial plans, they varied according to the use of the
building. Temples generally had only two chambers, one behind the other. One could enter
by a door that opened on the far wall. The interior chambers were sanctuaries and the
exterior rooms were used for less reserved ceremonies. In a palace, the building was
usually composed of two long files of chambers, one behind the other.
Mayas may have cut and polished the stone
blocks individually for their buildings. The exterior as well as the interior walls were
originally covered with a substance called lime stucco. The stucco is a durable finish for
exterior walls and joints composed of sand, cement, and lime, which is applied when wet.
Chrisp, Peter, Looking Into the Past: The Maya, New York, Thomson
Maker Unknown, [Online] Available, http://udgftp.cencar.udg.mx/ingles/CUAAD-INGLES.html,
June 20, 1997