The Glories of Copan
Among the Mayan city-states, Copan was best known for its
unmatched artistic achievements. As you can see from this
overview of the Great Plaza, there are no large pyramids at
Copan. Instead the plaza is famous for its forest of kings.
These Mayan monuments are called stelae. Many powerful
Copan Kings are represented on the Great Plaza.
The stelae of Copan's great King 18 Rabbit, who ruled from
695-738 AD, a period of prosperity and military conquest.
Copan's ball court, where the Maya played a very dangerous
game indeed. It was part competition, part ceremony, and
often involved human sacrifices for the losers, or perhaps the
winners. More about this at Chichen Itza's ball court.
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