House of the Metates

Chichen Itza - House of the Metates

outh of the Ossuary, at the boundary of the platform, are two small buildings that archaeologists believe were residences for important personages, widely known as the House of the Metates because of various implements for food preparation within the building.

It can be seen as a center for food preparation, used for ceremonies at the Osario complex.

The structure was formerly known by the name “Temple of the Grinding Stones”, respectively the second part as “Temple of the Interior Atlantean Columns”, because of the two columns, standing directly inside the doorway, which ware carved as Atlantean figures. Besides, a 2.35 m and 1.25 m wide altar was built against the back wall.