In ancient Mayan name was Zamá (meaning Dawn), today it is known as Tulum (which in Maya means Wall). Through the mural paintings and other works found in the buildings of the city, we can think that Tulum was an important center for the worship to the "descendant god".
Although they have found inscriptions dating from 564 A.D, most of the buildings that we can see today were built in the post-classical period between 1200 and 1450. The city was still inhabited in the early years of the Spanish colony but to the late sixteenth century there were no residents anymore.
One of the most important buildings is called El Castillo, built facing the sea, probably one of the oldest buildings in the city that was used as lighthouse. Another remarkable building is the Temple of the Frescoes.