Many of Copan's most amazing sculptures, stelae and hieroglyphics panels were being damaged at the site because of exposure to the elements. So, in order to preserve them, they were transferred to this great museum, leaving on the site some incredible well done replicas at the original place.
The entrance doorway of the museum is dramatic, as it resembles the jaws of a reptile. Then you pass through a tunnel that represents the entrails of the serpent, and the passage into Xibalbá, the underworld.
At the end of the tunnel, you will be welcomed by a full scale replica of the magnificent Rosalila Temple. The original temple was built by the king Moon Jaguar back in 571 AD. On top of it, they built Temple 16 afterwards, but apparently the Rosalila Temple was so sacred that when Temple 16 was built on top of it, Rosalila was left completely intact. It was then discovered back in 1989 by a team or archaeologists.
All the pieces are beautifully displayed at the Museum, which has plenty of natural light. They all have great explanations, both in English and Spanish, about what they are, the time of its building and where exactly in the ruins they were found.
So the museum is really user friendly and easy to navigate.
Inside the museum, there are entire huge altars totally rebuilt. It somehow reminded me of the Greek and Assyrian temple back at the British Museum in London. Don't miss it !!
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