Ruins of Tikal


The remains of Tikal in modern-day Guatemala’s rainforests attest to the ancient Maya civilization’s splendor. Tikal was founded in the fourth century BC and quickly grew into a mighty city-state, displaying the Maya’s architectural and engineering prowess with its magnificent temples, palaces, and plazas.

Between the sixth and ninth centuries AD, Tikal was the Maya world’s most important political, cultural, and economic center. The temples of the Great Jaguar and the Masks were built under its monarchs’ watchful eye.

The city of Tikal was abandoned as its power declined about the 10th century. It wasn’t until the 19th century that archaeologists dug through the jungle to uncover its ruins.

Visitors from all over the world come to see the ruins at Tikal, which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Ancient Maya culture may be better understood thanks to the site’s preserved antiquities, which include exquisite carvings and soaring pyramids.

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