Edzna Archaeological Site

Campeche

The name Edzná apparently comes from Itzná, a term formed by the words itz, derived from the Maya lineage “Itzá,” and na (house), meaning “the house of the Itzá“.

Edzná had at least six wide monumental causeways called sacbe, characteristic of large Mayan cities. The longest avenue measures 683.50 miles (1,100 meters), 21.87 yards (20 meters) wide, and an average height of 2.1 yards (2 meters).

It features magnificent architectural groups such as the Grand Acropolis and impressive buildings, especially the one called the Five-story Building. Its inhabitants developed a complex hydraulic system that allowed them to have water throughout the year. It became a powerful regional capital between the years 400 and 1000.

Near Station

Edzná

Distance Station

10.12 miles (16.3 km)

Schedule:

Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Last entry at 4:30 pm.

$95.00 MXN (Mexican Pesos)

600 B.C. – 1450 | Preclassic to Postclassic

600 – 1000 | Late Classic

Where is the Edzná Arquaeological Site Located?

It is situated 34.17 miles (55 km) southeast of the city of San Francisco de Campeche.

  • Fee for professional cameras
  • INAPAM discount (for seniors)
  • Discount for students and teachers
  • Free admission on Sundays (Mexicans)
  • Free entry for children under 13 years old
  • No smoking allowed
  • No outside food allowed
  • No pets allowed

To the northwest of Edzná, 34.17 miles (55 km) away, lies the Historic Fortified City of Campeche, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999

Emblematic structure

Five-story Building

It owes its name to the five visible levels on its west side, all with vaulted rooms. It reaches a height of 34.44 yards (31.50 meters).

It has a wide staircase adorned with blocks featuring hieroglyphs, as well as stucco masks representing the solar deity Kinich Ahau.

The original temple was partially demolished to build the current one with a cresting.

Temple of the Masks

It measures 29.95 yards (27.40 meters) in length by 18.04 yards (16.50 meters) in width and has an average height of 6.1 yards (5.50 meters). It features two representations of the solar god made of modeled stucco.

These representations depict the solar deity’s daily journey across the sky. The eastern side portrays the dawn, while the western sector represents the sunset. In both cases, the sun has been humanized with adornments denoting social significance.

Gallery

Edzná on the Maya Train Route

Templo del Sur de Edzná

Archaeological Sites near Edzná