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Top 10 Most Beautiful Ancient Mayan Temples

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The Maya civilization is one of the most ancient societies with certain customs and a cultured way of life. They followed a set of rules and various works were divided into various people. A large population of these people were spread in Central America in the modern day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize etc. Mainly in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mayans are famous for a number of technologies they had, which were very modern compared to their time. They were the makers of the first hieroglyphic script, which is one of the earliest of writing scripts. Recently they were in news because of the end of their ancient calendar. This calendar started in prehistoric times and ended recently in 2012 AD. Many took it as a sign of the end of the world, as the Mayan Calendar made a lot of prophecies, which later, turned out to be true.

Like all the societies and civilization the Mayans also had their mythology they believed in and Gods and Goddesses they used to worship and that is the primary reason they have built so many ancient Mayan Temples. They made several stunning and beautiful temples to delight their gods.
Let’s dive deep into the ancient architecture of the Mysterious Mayan Civilization with10 Most Beautiful Ancient Mayan Temples.

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1. El Castillo, Chichen Itza

One of the best things to see in Chichen Itza lies a splendid piece of Mayan Architecture. El Castillo, “The Castle” in Spanish, is the temple of Kukulcan, the Feathered Serpent God, who was the Supreme God of the Mayan people. He was believed to be the lord of four elements and also the creator of all. It is also listed as one of the best places to visit in Mexico. This grand temple is formed as a step pyramid made of stone. The temple shows an ethereal phenomenon, When the sun goes down, the light and shadow play to show a snake-like feature, rise and fall along the steps of the Temple, this mysterious event occurs twice a year, at spring and fall equinoxes. It is one of the most beautiful Ancient Mayan Temples in the world. It is also listed as incredibly beautiful World Heritage Sites.

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2. Temple of Night Sun, El Zlotz

Recently at the site of El Zlotz, near the great Pyramid of El Diablo, archaeologist found a temple of Mayan Sun God, KinichAhau. This 1600-year-old temple was lost in the primaeval forest of Guatemala and holds an abundance of ancient articrafts and masks of various Mayan Gods, especially the Sun God. The temple is coloured in blood red and consists of giants masks which shows the phases of the sun, as it completes its cycle. Also, read about facts about the Mayans.

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3. Rosalila Temple, Copan

Rosalila Temple is one of the most preserved buildings of the Mayans. It is located in the Ancient Mayan city of Copan, which is in present-day Honduras. It has a gorgeous stucco design at its entrance. In contrast to their other constructions, Mayans did not destroy Rosalila. Instead, it was carefully, buried under the loose soil. The stucco panels were coated using a white paint to change the appearance. At the same time, the other parts of the construction, including the mouldings and niches in rooms were sheathed with mud and stone. Even the original colour is still intact. This fact is strange indeed.

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4.Tikal Temple, Tikal

This Temple of the Great Jaguar, as it is known as, is located in Tikal, the largest Mayan city. It is located in modern Guatemala. The tomb of the King Jasaw Chan K’awiilIis buried under it with loads of invaluable articrafts of classic periods.

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5.Temple Of Inscriptions, Palenque

UNESCO World Heritage site of Palenque, in modern-day Mexico, contains a stupendous Temple of Inscriptions. It was made as a monument of Hanab-Pakal. It consists of one of the longest hieroglyphic texts of the Mayan world, which tells about the 200 years of Mayan history and also the city’s patron deities. The temple gets its name from the three tablets with written inscriptions in it. These are called the East, Central and West Tablet. Interestingly, It says that what happened in past, will repeat itself.

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6.Temple of Murals, Bonampak

This one covers the least area, compared to other Mayan sites. Situated in Mexico, it’s still significant, because of its jaw-dropping ancient wall paintings, known as Murals. The Temple of Murals is a long narrow building with 3 rooms on a pyramid. The walls of all 3 rooms are covered with beautiful mural designs. These paintings tell the story of Mayan Kings and Queens, folk dances and songs and also about the bloody Mayan Wars.

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7.El Mirador

Known as the Treasure of the Mayans, ElMirador is one of the largest sites of Mayan ruins. Found in the deep jungles of Guatemala, El Mirador has the highest pyramid temples of all Mayan Civilizations. The breathtaking view of three pyramids El Tiger, La Danta and Los Monos makes it the most prolific tourist attraction of all the Mayan ruins. With narrow lanes between the forests, to reach this place, to indigenous breeds of animals and insects. This place is Heaven for historians and archaeologists.

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8. Coba Temple, Coba

The NohochMol temple of Coba is the toughest of all Mayan Pyramids to climb. The steep slope, lean gaps and niches, slippery rocks and the 42 metre of height make it almost impossible to climb. But whoever clubs it, perhaps is rewarded with a spectacular view of whole Coba ruins, and the jungles and lakes surrounding it. As the legend says, at the top of this temple, animals were brought to be sacrificed.

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9. Pyramid Of Magician, Uxmal

One of the most amazing Pyramids in Mexico, El Adivino or the Pyramid of Magician is the central structure of Uxmal, in Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Uxmal means “built three times”, which refers to the three layers of the site. The Pyramids elliptical base and round shape make it differ from other Mayan structures. According to the legend, the Magician god Itzamnaerected this single-handedly by his magic. Even many more ancient stories are connected to this Temple. This is one of the most recent sites of all the Mayan civilization, with modern architecture evidently influencing the temples of Uxmal. Even the other temples at this site have large stucco Masks on the facade.

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10.Grand Temple of Calakmul, Calakmul

Calakmul, located in Mexico, is a major Mayan Centre. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beautiful Grand Temple of Calakmul, carries gory past with itself, as there are four tombs, hidden in the Pyramid. It’s believed that once, Kaan Dynasty used to rule the land of Calakmul. It was a massive and a powerful centre of Kaan Dynasty. But as the Tikal Kingdom attacked Calakmul, after a bloody battle and the death of Mighty King of Calakmul, Jaguar Paw, Calakmul started losing its powers. But still today in these ruins of Calakmul, the Grand Temple of Calakmul standing strong, with spectacular masks of Mayan Gods on the facade.

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These Ancient Mayan temples and ruins were left out after the Columbian ships found out the route to America and outsiders came and indulged in the governance of the Indigenous people. The sad truth is that today, the descendants of this great civilization, the Mayan people are discriminated and harmed by the people of their own countries that is Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. But the ruins of their massive ancient Mayan temples and sophisticated civilization are still standing strong with many secrets still hidden in them waiting to be discovered.

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