Tikal: Temple V

Tikal: Temple V

When we visited Tikal in 1998, Temple V was undergoing extensive conservation and restoration work sponsored by the Guatemalan Instituto de Anthropologia e Historia and the Spanish Agencia Espanola Cooperacion Internacional.

The banner states that 7.2 million quetzales would be spent on this project.


Tikal: Temple V

When we returned in 2004, the restoration had been completed.

"Temple V, one of the great temples of Tikal, stands looking north, just to the east of the South Acropolis. Radiocarbon tests indicate a constructions date of about A.D. 700."

William R. Coe, Tikal: A Handbook of the Ancient Maya Ruins, p. 92


Tikal: Temple V

"Outstanding features include the rounded corners on the temple and its substructure and the raised edges of moldings on the sides of the great stairway.

Excavation revealed no traces of monuments at the base of the stairway."

William R. Coe, Tikal: A Handbook of the Ancient Maya Ruins, p. 92


Tikal: Temple V

"Temple V stands close to 190 feet high and is unusual for the tiny single room at the top."

William R. Coe, Tikal: A Handbook of the Ancient Maya Ruins, p. 92


Tikal: Temple V

"This room had a breadth of only 2 1/2 feet, yet the rear wall is about 15 feet thick.

Perhaps never was so much built to provide so little floor space. A large hole dug in the roof before our time provides accidental access to a series of superimposed roof comb chambers."

William R. Coe, Tikal: A Handbook of the Ancient Maya Ruins, p. 92


Tikal: Temple V

Temple V seen in profile through the jungle foliage