Ancient City of Tulum 💀

One “excursion” or place to visit while in Mexico is the ancient city of Tulum 

Tulum is a rare city built by the Mayans because it is one of the few walled cities.

  • The city of Tulum was previously known as Zama, meaning City of Dawn.
  • Its current name means fence or trench in Mayan.
  • Being both on a sea and land route, it had major historical importance as a centre of trading.
  • The city flourished between the 13th and the 15th centuries, fading only 70 years after the Spanish army started conquering today’s Mexico.
  • Although there is no specific data about its population at its height, estimates put it between 1,000 and 1,600.

Each Mayan city had a specific purpose, and Tulum was no exception. It was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. As well as being the only Mayan city built on a coast, Tulum was one of the few protected by a wall! 

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