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Hieroglyphic Staircase

Address: Copan, Honduras
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Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Copan
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Kula, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

one of the longest inscriptions in the Mayan world recounting history of the site. Partially covered to prevent further erosion and weathering, but a fascinating find nevertheless

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Interesting to know that steps were put together wrong in the forties, and are now being rearranged.... A big job!!! Well worth seeing!

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Lafayette, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This monument is the most famous part of Copan Archaeological site. Apparently there is 63 steps with several thousand hieroglyphs that tells the history of the royal house of Copan. One cannot help but be in awe of the work that went into creating this monument. To protect it the staircase is covered by a large tarp. It is necessary... More 

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Northampton
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This stair case is wonderful although sad that only the bottom end is in its correct position -- the rest is jumbled up.

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Edmonton
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a real work of art. Each ruler built a new temple over the predecessor's, but also built something to commemorate the predecessor. It is worth a good look.

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East Granby, Connecticut
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I was more fascinated exploring the whole area. Sitting still listening to the guide was not in the cards for me that rainy day. It was impressive though for a photo shoot. Join a group of seniors and you'll get a lot out from the guide.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
40 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The staircase is impressive in itself but when you add the fact that each of the stairs has intricately carved hieroglyphs it makes it stunning. It is certainly a sight to see. The only downside is the aging tarpaulin canopy that they have draped over it to protect it from the elements. Hopefully with some more funding they can find... More 

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Copan, Honduras
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

You really.get the feeling to jump into something else when you are in front of this special gateway !! Lovely

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

. December 12, 2012 was the supposed apocalyptic end of the world as we know it, according to an ancient Mayan calendar. The jungle city of Copan is the site of this "doomsday" calendar, a tale etched in large stone blocks that are assembled as a wide 72-step staircase leading to the top of a Mayan temple. The Mayans, our... More 

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Linping, Zhejiang, China
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We've seen a few ruins around Central America but nothing with the inscriptions seen here. Definitely worth a visit to the ruins for this alone.

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