Guatemala, jewel of the Mayan civilization – Prensa Latina


The site extends over 34 hectares in the municipality of Los Amates, Izabal, and the visit to the site allows to imagine a city founded on the north bank of the Motagua river and to witness its maximum splendor, between the years 426 and 810 CE.

The story tells – always with many unknowns – its open-air Gran Plaza (300 meters from north to south and 150 meters from east to west), as well as the Ceremonial and Temple Places, remarkable for the complexity of its constructions, with pyramid systems, terraces and stairs.

Other attractions are its series of 12 stelae, including the E, the tallest find in Mesoamerica (10 meters high and 55 tons in weight), as well as hieroglyphic texts with significant dates from the calendar.

The ruins of Quiriguá are today an outstanding example and the largest set of masterpieces of Mayan art, an advanced representation of the skill of its sculptors, with a style known as’ the school of Motagua ”, underlined the representatives of Unesco, granting it the title of World Heritage Site in 1981.

Its zoomorphic structures, carved in sandstone and without the use of metal tools, to honor their rulers, especially K’ak ‘Tiliw Chan Yopaat, have also been recognized.

The park also protects a remnant of tropical rainforest and serves as an island refuge for the flora and fauna of the Motagua River Valley.

This is precisely one of the greatest challenges for the preservation of the area, which is very vulnerable to flooding. As was the case at the end of last year, after the passage of storms Eta and Iota, which left extensive damage and forced its closure.

After a reconstruction, Quiriguá reopened its doors on June 18, after a total reconstruction giving Guatemalans and foreigners a new opportunity to appreciate part of the classical Mayan era.

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