This is a great view of the pigeon loft complex from the top of the great temple. This was once a complex of family homes that grew and grew with each generation. The mayan idea of family was that the family unit exists as the center of the social life and was an organic network. With each generation of kids that grew up and had their own families, new rooms were added to the complex rather than that family separating and finding their own home. Interestingly enough, the latin american idea of family is very much the same in the modern day. It is strange for a young person to move out of the household as we do (or try to) as soon as possible. The homes of richer families and royalty lived in complexes much like this that were located very near to the center of the city and the religious buildings.