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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Maya Site of Copán, Honduras[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] The Maya Site of Copán is an important Maya archaeological site in the Copán Department, in western Honduras, near the border with Guatemala.
Copán was a Maya site for over two thousand years, spanning from the Early Preclassic period right through to the Postclassic. It reached its peak in the 5th to 9th century AD, when it was a Mayan capital of a Classic period kingdom. It is located at the very edge of the Mesoamerican cultural region, almost surrounded by non-Maya ethnic groups.
The name Copán is a modern name. During the Mayan time, it was probably known as Oxwitik. At the height of its glory Copán suffered a major setback when one of its greatest kings, Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, was captured and executed by the king of Quiriguá, his former vassal. It turned the table on Copán which subsequently became a vassal state to Quiriguá, remaining so for the following eighteen years. The ruins of Quiriguá, located in Guatemala, is today also recognised as a World Heritage Site.
The Maya site of Copán is located beside the Copán River, which has eroded some of the monuments, particularly those on the eastern part of the acropolis. The river had to be diverted to present further damage to the ruins.
Maya Site of Copán was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 4th session of the World Heritage Committee held at Headquarters in Paris, France, on 1-5 September, 1980.
Replica of Rosalila Temple, Copán Sculpture Museum
Temple 22, Copán, Honduras
World Heritage Site Inscription DetailsLocation: N 14 51 00 W 89 08 00
Inscription Year: 1980
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV, VI
Visiting Maya Site of CopánYou can reach Copán by bus from San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras, and from Guatemala. Shuttle buses from Antigua, Guatemala costs between US$7 to US$12.
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