Tikal: Central Acropolis

Temple I

The view from the North Acropolis, with Temple I on the left and the Central Acropolis in the background

Tikal: Central Acropolis

Central Acropolis

The Central Acropolis viewed from the North Acropolis. Temple I staircase appears to the left, while Temple V appears through the mist in the far distance on the right.

Tikal: Central Acropolis

Another view from the North Acropolis

The North Acropolis at Tikal provides a striking view of the Great Plaza and Central Acropolis. Temple V is seen in the distance, the second tallest pyramid towering 188 feet above ground level.

The lofty roof combs at Tikal are the most massive of those in the Maya area. The exterior of the roof-comb is a solid mass, but the interior has a partly hollow core that is vaulted and sealed to lessen the weight of the comb on the temple walls.

Tikal: Great Plaza

The Great Plaza viewed from the North Acropolis

"Nowadays we see the Great Plaza as a well manicured, grassy area. But originally it was plastered. Four different plaster floors were found a little below the present surface, dating from 150 BC to 700 AD."

Joyce Kelly, An Archaeological Guide to Northern Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, 1996

Tikal: Central Acropolis

The temples of the North Acropolis

Tikal: Central Acropolis

Tikal: Central Acropolis

Temple II

In contemplation of Temple II on the rainy morning of January 6, 2004