Description of the Ruins of an Ancient City: Discovered Near Palenque, in the Kingdom of Guatemala ...

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H. Berthoud, and Suttaby, Evance and Fox, 1822 - 128 páginas
 

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Página 31 - Although in these tracts and papers there are," says he, " many other things touching primitive paganism, they are not mentioned in this epitome, lest, in being brought into notice, they should be the means of confirming more strongly an idolatrous superstition." He should have had more confidence in his own cause, and feel that — " If anything, in consequence of this scrutiny, totter and fall, it can only be the error which has attached itself to truth, encumbering and deforming it. Truth itself...
Página 10 - ... on the eastern side, and which continued entirely along the several angles. The south side has four small chambers with no other ornament than one or two little windows like those already described. The western side is correspondent to its opposite in all respects but in the variety of expression of the figures in stucco: these are much more rude and ridiculous than the others, and can be attributed only to the most uncultivated Indian capacity.
Página 17 - Eastward of this structure are three small eminences forming a triangle, upon each of which is a square building eighteen yards long by eleven broad, of the same architecture as the former, but having along thin roofings several superstructures about three yards high, resembling turrets, covered with different ornaments and devices in stucco. In the interior of the first of these three mansions, at the end of a gallery almost entirely dilapidated, is a saloon having a small chamber at each extremity,...
Página 4 - ... discovered. It stands on a mound twenty yards high, and is surrounded by the other edifices, namely ; five to the northward, four to the southward, one to the south-west, and three to the eastward. In all directions, the fragments of other fallen buildings are to be seen extending along the mountain, that stretches east and west, about three or four leagues either way : so that the whole range of this ruined town may be computed to extend between seven and eight loagues.
Página 7 - At the distance of twenty leagues from the city of Merida southward, between the curacy called Mona y Ticul and the town of Nocacab, are the remains of some stone edifices ; one very large building has withstood the ravages of time, and still exists in good preservation : the natives give it the name of Oxmutal. It stands on an eminence of twenty yards in height, and measures two hundred yards on each facade. The apartments, the exterior corridor, the pillars with figures in medio relievo...
Página 62 - All this," writes Cortez to Charles v. "passed before a notary, who reduced it to the form of a public act; and I required it to be testified as such in the presence of many Spanish. I replied to all he had to say, in the way most suitable to myself; especially by making him believe your majesty to be the chief whom they so long expected.
Página 15 - ... to the exterior of the edifice. Neither bas-reliefs, nor any other embellishments were found in these places; nor did they present to notice any object...
Página 3 - I effected all that was necessary to be done, so that ultimately there remained neither a window nor a doorway blocked up, a partition that was not thrown down, nor a room, corridor, court, tower, nor subterranean passage in which excavations were not effected...
Página 33 - Real ; he is a man of extraordinary genius, and engaged, at this time,, in composing a work, the title of which I have seen being as follows, Historia del Cielo y de la Tierra...

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