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QUIRIGUA, IZABAL

Is an ancient Mayan  archaeological site in the department of Izabal,  ;Guatemala. It is a medium-sized site covering approximately 1.2 sq. miles, (3 Km.2) along Motagua River, with a ceremonial center about 0.6 miles (1 km.) from the north bank. 

During the Maya Classic Period  (AD 200–900), Quiriguá was in the juncture of several important trade routesQuiriguá shares its architectural and sculptural styles with the nearby famous city of Copán in Honduras.

The ceremonial architecture in Quiriguá is quite modest, but its  importance is the wealth of sculptured Stelae, including the tallest stone monumental sculpture ever erected in the New World.

  

     
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