House of the Deer

Built in the Terminal Classic Period, the House of the Deer is a badly damaged building showing only a small fraction of its former glory.It was named for the carving of a deer found inside the house when it was first explored. That carving has long since been lost but the name has endured. The buildings consist of three chambers and an alter to the front face. It is 53 feet (16 meters) high including platform and chambers. It is a simple structure with a plain fa├žade. The undecorated roof comb is only partially standing. The House of the Deer was likely a civic or religious structure but certainly with less stature than many of the other ceremonial buildings at Chichen Itza.