Temple I

Temple I, Tikal National Park

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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Temple I
Apr 2021
One word: iconic. A fully restored funerary pyramid of king Jasaw Chan K'awil that flanks the eastern side of the Great Plaza. Great views of the monument can be had from the Northern Acropolis as well as from Temple II, it can also be viewed from the east plaza and the Palace. Its roof comb is visible from every major pyramid in the city as it rises to 154 feet, which's more than time and a half the height of El Castillo at Chichen Itza. Awesome.
Written April 19, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
At the Temple of the Great Jaguar ...
Nov 2019
You are at the ruins of the probably largest Mayan city - Tikal! At its "Great Plaza" stands the iconic "Temple I", most commonly known as the "Temple of the Great Jaguar". The funerary pyramid-temple dates from the 8th century and is 47 mts high. Due to its severe steepness, climbing is not allowed. At its sumit, a shrine with three chambers and ancient carvings. Best seen from the top of "Temple II", right in front of it. Enjoy!
Written September 1, 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,762 contributions
Iconic Temple
Feb 2020 • Couples
This temple is the one that most people associate with Tikal and is an impressive structure. Note that you can't climb this one, but instead admire its shape and form whilst in the grand plaza.
Written February 24, 2020
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Deanne D
Wellington, New Zealand1,417 contributions
Temple one
Jan 2020
This temple has been restored on both sides. You can’t climb this one. It is very steep. It is situated in the grand plaza. Makes for a great photo.
Written February 2, 2020
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ835 contributions
Awesome structures
Dec 2019
It is hard to say which temple is better. To me it doesn't matter whether is is temple 1 or 2 or 4. It is all part of the grand structure of Tikal and you see them all.
Written December 30, 2019
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX5,843 contributions
Cannot Climb on Temple I
Dec 2019
Temples I and II are in a complex. If you climb on Temple II, you get great views of the complex and you can see Temple I.

This area is the highlight of Tikal and you definitely want to spend a little bit of time here exploring the area. Unfortunately our guide only gave us 30 minutes here.
Written December 16, 2019
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Henk W
Mill, The Netherlands233 contributions
Jaguar's Temple,.....
Nov 2018
Walking through the densely wooded jungle. Not knowing what to expect. Pushing away branches, stepping in the mud. And then,...there she is. A magnificent building.
Mysterious, scary.
Written October 19, 2019
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meopi76
Dolgellau, UK148 contributions
Amazing!
Jan 2019
We spent 3-4 hours roaming around the various temples with a guide but the site is huge and there is plenty here to fill more time. The place is absolutely amazing.
Written September 22, 2019
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Joan H
San Bernardino, CA993 contributions
Great Jaguar Temple
Jan 2019 • Couples
Temple I, also known as the Great Jaguar Temple, is the landmark symbol of Tikal as seen in every travel brochure of Mayan ruins in Guatemala. It's stunning to see it in person. It is best viewed from the Grand Plaza. Underneath the temple, there is a burial chamber.
Written March 22, 2019
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Craig-World-Travelle
Agoura Hills, CA1,836 contributions
As beautiful as the advertising
Jan 2019 • Friends
This temple will take your breath away. It is unobstructed view and large and beautiful.

Great photos to be had from base of temple and also from top of Temple 2.

This is my favorite temple. The surrounding area is also amazing.

Must see when in the area.
Written January 14, 2019
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