Tikal Stelae Temple No. 2, No. 3 & No. 4
These splendid structures attest to the power of this civilization in which the artists, at the moment of creation, miraculously transcended their environment not only to the artistic progress of these people, but also to the level they attained in everything connected to philosophical thought, education and creative abilities. Great sculptors, painters, and architects had to be familiar, among other things, with the language of symbols in order to achieve fully the ideal of the art they characterized as "the apotheosis of everything that is human and humanization of everything divine." Their essential task was to elevate humanity to mathematical and astral heights and to assume the divine in order to defy whatever pertained to man.
This view of Temples No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 constructed in the Eighth Century A.D. looks across the stelae of the northern acropolis where the Maya constructed the tallest pyramids in Mayan Territory. Temple II is 150 feet high; and its one door leads to three vaulted rooms. Temple No. IV seen in the background, is the tallest structure in Pre-Columbian America at 224 feet high. The Pyramids are built on terraced platforms; natural or man-made. Unlike many previous edifices these Pyramids were not built over the ruins of other constructions.
The main function of the Mayan Pyramids was to support the temple on top where the "roof comb" is taller than the edifice itself. Slots in the roof comb of one temple were aligned with slots in the roof comb of another temple acting as a telescope to establish the alignment of the positions of the stars and heaverdy bodies.
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