The Church or North Group lies at the entrance to the site.   In the 16th century, the Spanish built the Church of San Pablo here, which remains on top of a large pre-Hispanic platform which serves as the church atrium.

The Church or North Group lies at the entrance to the site. In the 16th century, the Spanish built the Church of San Pablo here, which remains on top of a large pre-Hispanic platform which serves as the church atrium.

  The church group also contains the main temple, called the   yohopàe  , which translates to “house of the vital force.” This temple faces a large courtyard.

The church group also contains the main temple, called the yohopàe, which translates to “house of the vital force.” This temple faces a large courtyard.

  Walls everywhere in this building are covered by intricate mosaic fretwork and murals depicting mythological scenes and characters.

Walls everywhere in this building are covered by intricate mosaic fretwork and murals depicting mythological scenes and characters.

  Behind the main chamber is the living quarters of the priests.

Behind the main chamber is the living quarters of the priests.

 View into the main courtyard from the church San Pedro.

View into the main courtyard from the church San Pedro.

  The portal to the temple is flanked by two large columns, which leads into an antechamber. This antechamber once had a roof, supported by six columns, but only the columns and walls remain.

The portal to the temple is flanked by two large columns, which leads into an antechamber. This antechamber once had a roof, supported by six columns, but only the columns and walls remain.

  Church of San Pedro and in front the walls of the so called church group.

Church of San Pedro and in front the walls of the so called church group.