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Tulum Ruins: America's Solomon's Temple

The Ruins of Tulum

The ruins of a complex with striking similarities to that of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem are found on the American continents in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is known as Tulum.

The Molten Sea at Tulum, the American Solomon's Temple

This is a photo of a "Molten Sea" or baptismal font at Tulum.
This is a photo of a "Molten Sea" or baptismal font at Tulum.

Solomon's Temple

Solomon’s temple was built in the 10th century BC in Jerusalem by Solomon, the 3rd king of the time period in Jewish History that is known as the "Golden Era."

It was destroyed about 500 years later, by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians, in 586 BCE. Details about its structure, construction and dedication can be found in 1 Kings 5-8 and 2 Chronicles 2-6.

Historical records tell us that the temple complex was surrounded by both an outer and an inner wall. In front of the temple was a square altar for burnt offerings and a round “molten sea” for washings, or a baptismal font (see 2 Chronicles 4:6).

The temple itself was divided into two rooms by a veil.The first room was known as the holy place and contained the altar of incense, a table of shewbred and a holy candlestick (or Menorah). The second room was known as the holy of holies and held the Ark of the Covenant. Only the high priest could enter this room and he only did so once a year, on the Day of Atonement.

Tulum is Protected by a Wall and the Ocean

This is a photo of me in front of the ocean that protects the fortress on the West side.
This is a photo of me in front of the ocean that protects the fortress on the West side.

The American Version of Solomon's Temple

Tulum was built between 1200 and 1400 AD. It is surrounded by both an outer and an inner wall on 3 sides. The fourth side is protected by a barrier reef.


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Outer Wall, Eastern Entrance and the Main Temple at Tulum

This is the Eastern entrance through the outer wall of the complex.  In the background you can see the main temple.
This is the Eastern entrance through the outer wall of the complex. In the background you can see the main temple. | Source

Tulum's Watch Towers

The structure visible in back left corner of this photo is the remnants of one of the two watch towers that were on the landlocked corners of the outer wall of the complex.
The structure visible in back left corner of this photo is the remnants of one of the two watch towers that were on the landlocked corners of the outer wall of the complex. | Source

The Walls

The outer wall has 5 entrances, 2 on the North side, 2 on the South side and 1 on the East side. The wall was between 3 and 5 meters (10-16 feet) tall.

On each of the landlocked corners were watch towers which were used to keep an eye out for attacking armies or other dangers.

Surrounding the temple itself was an inner wall. The priests lived in homes between the two walls. During times of war, this walled area served as a fortress and protected living space for the entire civilization, not just the priests.

The Priests' Homes

The priests’ homes were similar in design to the temple itself.They had two rooms, just like the temple. Each home had an altar in the back room, which corresponded to the holiest room in the temple.

The homes also had a small altar in front of them, so the people could see the priest praying publically. In the middle of the homes are family graves. One of the best preserved homes was found to hold the graves of 8 priests buried one on top of the other.

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Priests' Homes

This is the home of one of the priests.  As you climb the stairs, you enter the first room.  The partial wall divides the house front and back into two rooms and indicates where the grave was located.  The private altar is along the home's back wall.
This is the home of one of the priests. As you climb the stairs, you enter the first room. The partial wall divides the house front and back into two rooms and indicates where the grave was located. The private altar is along the home's back wall. | Source
This is the public altar in front of the priests' home shown in the photo above.
This is the public altar in front of the priests' home shown in the photo above. | Source
This is the foundation of another of the priest's home, in which you can clearly see the grave in the center of the home.
This is the foundation of another of the priest's home, in which you can clearly see the grave in the center of the home. | Source

The Temple

The main temple, known as El Castillo (which translates to The Castle in English), was surrounded by an inner wall and stands approximately 25 feet tall. It had two rooms, just like Solomon’s temple.

The current structure was built on top of a previous structure. It is decorated with feathered serpent motifs, which represent Kukulkhan, the Mayan’s creator God.

The main temple also served as a lighthouse directing ships through an opening in the reef to safe landing on the beach. Many foreign ships shipwrecked here, not knowing how to use the lighthouse to guide their travels.

The Main Temple and the Temple of the Descending God at Tulum

The building on the right is the main temple.  The smaller building on the left is the Temple of the Descending God.  In front of them is the inner wall.
The building on the right is the main temple. The smaller building on the left is the Temple of the Descending God. In front of them is the inner wall.

The Colors at Tulum

This is an up close example of some of the remaining colors on one of the buildings in the complex.  The bars in the foreground are architectural reinforcements added by the archaeological team working on that building.
This is an up close example of some of the remaining colors on one of the buildings in the complex. The bars in the foreground are architectural reinforcements added by the archaeological team working on that building.

Other Noteworthy Buildings

There are two other noteworthy buildings at Tulum. Unlike the structures discussed thus far, these buildings do not relate well to Solomon’s temple complex. The first is the temple of the descending God who was believed to have appeared to the Mayan people and to be in charge of fertility of both man and the earth. He is depicted upside down on the front of the building to represent his descent from heaven. The second building is the temple of the frescoes. It was used as an observatory to track the sun and other astronomical bodies.

Although these buildings appear to be simply grey stone today, the intricate carvings on the buildings were originally painted with bright blue and red plaster. It is believed that blue represented heaven and red represented power. Unfortunately, little of the original color remains today.

How Jewish Religious Architecture Came to America

It is quite possible that the “descending God” of the Mayan people had its roots in the Jehovah of the Old Testament. The Book of Mormon records a visit of Jesus Christ to the America in 34 AD, after His resurrection. Over the centuries, the memories were twisted and a complete understanding of the events were lost. This allowed for the creation of the Mayan God, Itzama. It is also possible that the Mayan people are descendants of people who came to America from Jerusalem just before the diaspora began. These lineal, cultural, historical and religious ties would explain the similarities in architecture between Solomon’s temple and the complex at Tulum.

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kbdressman 17 months ago from Harlem, New York Author

I'll keep that in mind if I ever have the chance to visit Honduras! Thanks for stopping by, Miguel!


Miguel angel tunic I 17 months ago

You need to see also the Rosalila temple found in copan Honduras. It was found buried and hidden inside a pyramid. It has a similar facade to the Solomon's temple if you take out all the pagan refacing.


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kbdressman 17 months ago from Harlem, New York Author

I'm glad that you enjoyed it Mel Carriere! The photos don't do it justice, the view over the ocean is absolutely fantastic. I would have LOVED a chance to see the magnificence of these sites in their glory days!


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Mel Carriere 17 months ago from San Diego California

Beautiful ruins, and interesting speculation about the possible connection with the ministry of Christ. Great hub!

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