Copan

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Copan HISTORY

Copan (spelt Copán), near the town of Copan Ruinas in Honduras is an archaeological site housing the ruins of a major Maya settlement which was probably the most influential city in the south eastern area occupied by this civilisation.

Copan is thought to have been inhabited as early as 2000 BC, despite the fact that there is sparse evidence to this effect. It was certainly at its peak between 300 AD and 900 AD.

In the eighth century AD, Copan experienced a significant military defeat when its leader was beheaded by the rulers of the city of Quirigua in what is now Guatemala. It was abandoned in the tenth century, probably due to the land becoming unsuitable for crop growing.

The cultural, social and ceremonial significance of Copan has been confirmed by UNESCO, who listed it as a World Heritage site in 1980. Amongst other things, UNESCO cites the fact that Copan was the site of great advances in astronomy and mathematics.

Today, visitors to Copan can see its many incredible structures, which also rank highly amongst the reasons for its UNESCO status. Containing five main plazas, an acropolis, numerous temples, terraces, pyramids and dwellings, one cannot fail to be impressed by Copan. Incredible glyphs adorn its staircases, structures, temples and altars, with depictions of animals and human faces.

There is a nearby sculpture museum which explores the Maya culture and artwork.

Copan TOURIST INFORMATION

DIRECTIONS TO Copan

Copan is located approximately 0.5 miles east of the town of Copan Ruinas, easily within walking distance of the town or reached by taxi (or by horse). It is within 7 miles of the border with Guatemala. There are regular buses to Copan from San Pedro Sula (2.5 hours) and Guatemala City (5 hours).

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Copan OPENING TIMES AND TICKET PRICES

Copan is open daily, 8am-4pm. Entry costs $15 (US). Entry to the Scuplture Museum costs $7 (US).

Copan HISTORIC INFORMATION

NAME: Copan
CONTINENT: THE AMERICAS
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Country: Honduras
Period: Maya
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Date: 300AD - 399AD
City/Town: Copan
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Resorts: Copan,

CONTACT DETAILS

Copan ADDRESS

Copan, Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan PHONE NUMBER

(504) 651 3829

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