Casa Colorada

The Casa Colorada (Spanish for “Red House”), is one of the best preserved buildings at Chichen Itza. It gets its name from the remnants of red paint that once decorated its inner walls. Its Maya name is Chichanchob. In one chamber there are extensive carved hieroglyphs that mention rulers of Chichen Itza and possibly of the nearby city of Ek Balam, and contain a Maya date inscribed which correlates to 869 AD, one of the oldest such dates found in all of Chichen Itza. The Casa Colorada may have been an elite residence.

Casa Colorada. Photo by Bill Hails

Casa Colorada. Photo by Bill Hails