Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza

Temple of the Tables in Chichén Itzá

The Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza got its name because of the overlapping levels that give the appearance of plateaus, this temple built next to the one of the Warriors, is a small pyramid of four levels that previously culminated with a temple with two serpent columns.

Although it’s not preserved in its entirety, the first level of the frieze is still noticeable, which is carved in stone and placed on the ground in front of the staircase leading to the temple. It shows a procession of jaguars among trees and spears. On the second level, a plumed serpent is carved.

Temple of the Tables and Frieze in Chichen Itza
Temple of the Tables and Frieze in Chichen Itza

The Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza was recently restored during the 90’s. During these excavations a major sub-temple was discovered buried inside the external structure, a large polychrome wall of feathered serpents was painted on the interior walls in vivid colors of blue, yellow, red and marked by charcoal lines.

Like The Castle, the Temple of the Warriors, the Jaguars, the Group of the Thousand Columns, the Tzompantli, the Venus Platform, and the Great Ball Court, this building was built during the Toltec influence in Chichen Itza, that is, between 900 and 1200 AD.

Frieze in front of the Temple of the Tables

Frieze in front of the Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza
Frieze in front of the Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza

You can find a frieze that has been placed in front of the Temple of the Tables that show a feathered serpent on the top level, and the procession of jaguars, trees, and spear bundles on the lower one.

Location of the Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza

The Temple of the Tables in Chichen Itza is located in the Grand Plaza right next to the Warriors Temple and in front of a long Frieze.

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