Basement of Queen’s Palace

Located in the middle of Zanana enclosure, Queen’s palace is the largest and most ornate example of a palace structure yet discovered in the Royal Center. It has, however, been much rebuilt. A flight of steps at ground level is flanked by fragmentary striding elephants. These steps lead to the first level that continues around the building as a walkway. Another flight of steps flanked by damaged yali balustrades in the middle of the north side provides access to a court at the second level. Here, the outlines of L-shaped columns are seen. The second level also runs continuously around the building as a second walkway (wider than that below). Access to the third level is by two flights of steps.