Architectural Ornaments

Copan: Salvaged Architectural Ornaments

The Copan River has wantonly changed its course to gnaw at the east side of the Acropolis. It has devoured entire several buildings and has washed away thousands of tons of stone, leaving exposed a vertical cut a hundred and eighty-five feet in height.

These are some of the architectural ornaments salvaged from the area of the river cut. They are displayed on the eastern stairway of the East Court of the acropolis, where they can be enjoyed by visitors today.


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Salvaged architectural element


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Another salvaged element


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It is speculated that once there was a "House of the Monkeys" bordering the East Court which was later devoured by the Copan River. All that remains are these architectural fragments.


Architectural Ornaments