Great Plaza

Copan: Great Plaza [January 9, 2004]

"...Waxaklahun-Uban-K'awil began to erect a magnificent stelae program in the large plazas to the north of the Acropolis. He chose the space next to a radial pyramid [Structure 4 on the right of the photo] that had been constructed during the founder's time...

After rebuilding this [pyramid], Waxaklahun-Ubah-K'awil began to erect the stelae that portray him confronting the supernatural on every major period-ending date during his first thirty-five years of reign. His program captures an unequaled view of Maya ritual and belief, while at the same time creating one of the great artistic legacies from the precolumbian world."

Linda Schele & Peter Mathews, The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs, p. 135