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Mayan Stelae at Quirigua

In the 8th century, at the height of ancient Mesoamerican culture, the city of Quirigua was one of its most important settlements, a World Heritage site that UNESCO calls “one of the major testimonies to the Mayan civilization.”

Situated at the crossroads of important trade routes in southeastern Guatemala, Quirigua teemed with cultural, civil, economic and royal life. At the site today are the remains of this once-grand city, including the Great Plaza (the largest known public gathering space of this Mayan region), and 17 stelae and zoomorphic monuments carved from sandstone.

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One of the Largest Pyramids in the World 2018291.8kmsite_ao
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A Century-Old, To-Scale Topographical Map of Guatemala 2017171.7kmsite_ao
The California Avocado Plaque in Antigua Guatemala 2017198.5kmsite_ao
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The Most Colorful Cemetery in Guatemala 2017225.6kmsite_ao
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Maya Site of Copan 198047.8kmsite_whs
Tikal National Park 1979225kmsite_whs
Antigua Guatemala 1979191.5kmsite_whs
Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua 19810kmsite_whs
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