Casa del Adivino

sights / Historic

Casa del Adivino information

Lonely Planet review

As you climb the slope to the ruins, the Casa del Adivino comes into view. This tall temple (the name translates as ‘Magician’s House’), 39m high, was built in an unusual oval shape. It gives a rather bad first impression of Uxmal to the visitor, consisting of round stones held rudely together with lots of cement. What you see is a restored version of the temple’s fifth incarnation. Four earlier temples were completely covered in the final rebuilding by the Maya, except for the high doorway on the west side, which remains from the fourth temple. Decorated in elaborate Chenes style (a style that originated further south), the doorway proper forms the mouth of a gigantic Chac mask.